Conditions never seen before by scientists in Pacific seals and walrus — Thyroid cysts, lesions of reproductive system, retained placenta — Hunters concerned — Oceanographers to discuss radiation from Fukushima on Alaska radio tomorrow

Published: January 27th, 2014 at 10:04 pm ET
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Alaska Marine Science Symposium (pdf), Jan. 20-24, 2014: Incidental Gross Necropsy Findings In Subsistence Harvested Ice Seals And Pacific Walrus [...] Ice seals (ringed, bearded, spotted seals) and Pacific walrus are very important subsistence species for Arctic coastal communities. As part of the North Slope Borough (NSB) ongoing Marine Mammal Health Research program, the department of wildlife management conducts necropsies and baseline tissue sampling on subsistence harvested marine mammals. We present some results from our 2011-2013 general ice seal [ringed, bearded, and spotted] and Pacific walrus subsistence harvest monitoring and sampling efforts due to hunter concern NOTE: Case reports (type 1 alopecia/delayed molt; type II ulcerative dermatitis, delayed molt etc.) from the ongoing 2011 Northern Pinniped unusual mortality event disease investigation were not included and will be reported elsewhere. Results: Incidental gross findings among the three species included: lesions of the reproductive system (adnexal cysts, uterine and penile melanosis, cliteromegaly, cryptorchism, retained placenta), endocrine system (thyroid cysts, adrenal nodules), musculoskeletal system (synovial cyst), integumentary system (panniculitis, epidermal molt (aka dreadlocks), skin sloughing) and digestive system (microdontia; chronic interstitial pancreatitis, hepatic cyst; cholestatic jaundice; geophagia). Helminths were commonly observed in the gastrointestinal system of ice seals [...] A variety of the observed pathological conditions (reproductive and endocrine lesions) are reported for the first time in Arctic Pinnipeds [...]

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. — Radiation from Fukushima, APRN (Alaska Public Radio Network): They’re having trouble sealing up the leaking nuclear power plants in Japan and they’re also having trouble disclosing what is going on there. Is this a reason to distrust Alaska seafood? [...] GUESTS: Professor Doug Dasher, Environmental Oceanographer, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Science — Dr. John Kelley, Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks, former Director, Naval Arctic Research Laboratory — Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air). [...]

See also: Scientists present links between unusual Alaska seal deaths and Fukushima fallout -- Skin lesions, hair loss, lethargy -- 'Pulsed release' when built-up radionuclides were set free as ice melted -- "Wildlife health implications" due to radiation exposure discussed (PHOTOS & MAP)

And: Reports: White 'goo' everywhere in Alaska seal, crows won't touch it... yet they eat people's roofs -- Slime in ones mouth, kidney almost black -- Another appeared to change color -- Hairless one seen recently: "We all still have sick seals here!" (PHOTOS)

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  • OldFool

    Sounds like an itemized list of symptoms similar to what was listed in the Chernobyl Consequences book. The coverup might be starting to unravel.


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  • OldFool

    I also bet every one of these symptoms (except with hair instead of fur) will be found in at least some of the Tomodachi sailors.


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  • Ontological Ontological

    Go figure. What I cannot comprehend is how the nuketards think people are going to keep lying for them when, when those doing the covering, figure out they too are in the cancer cure line. Glad to hear they plan to air some of the issues on radio.


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  • The Case Report reads like a list of radiation exposure related illnesses to me.

    What we currently know:

    1. This is not going to get better.
    2. There is no end in sight.
    3. There is no plan possible at this time.
    4. We've been lied to repeatedly.
    5. There has been and is no testing.
    (not really)

    What else do people need to know?


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    • James Tekton James Tekton

      "What else do people need to know?"

      It was an accident, Chas.

      .


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      • Sol Man

        Nobody could have foreseen this.


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        • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

          "Nobody could have foreseen this" This is incorrect. I've brought it up earlier. The people of Japan were warned not to build below a certain point via warning stones placed around the east coast. This was just one of many warnings that were completely ignored. If you're not going to heed the warnings of the past, what's the point of living? This is why I always say, people deserve everything they get, no matter what it is; except little children.


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        • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

          I'd also like to take this opportunity to mention that it's not technology that fails, it's people – specifically management. I can tell you this from both a personal and historical perspective. Scientists, engineers even technicians speak out and are ignored, threatened, etc. Often times they may destroy their career, go through divorce and destroy their family. This is a fact. These people, whether they be whistleblowers or simply quit their jobs in protest (see GE Three Mark I) should be praised and supported for their sacrifices. If you have any hope of prosecuting the people in charge, and they need to prosecuted severely, it will come via these people.


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        • Socrates

          When you engage in an ultra hazardous activity, a loss of coolant events is a normal incident to the risk created. Stop making excuses for the natural and probable consequences.

          The harm was known and the victims were in the path of harm. They consciously disregarded the safety of animals and humans placing profits over safety.

          If this is unforeseeable in your opinion, you would excuse any crime that involved implied malice. Fraud, malice and oppression are involved with KNOWN dangers.

          You were being sarcastic probably.


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      • maybesomeday

        The Tohoku quake on 3/11 was an act of nature, and would have struck that location whether the nuclear plant was there or not. Tepco chose to site the plant there, and was only permitted to build after the location was historically documented to be a tsunami-free zone. Searching back as far as the year 1273, Tepco found that no tsunami had impacted that area in the last 300 years . No surprise, as the bluffs on the oceanside there stood 80-90 feet above the sea. With permit in hand, they proceeded to modify the site by dozing 60-75ft off the top, leveling the site to only 30 feet, with the "basement" housing the emergency generators actually below sea level. Fukushima was no accident. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/tepco-destroyed-the-natural-seawall-which-would-have-protected-fukushima-from-the-tsunami.html Not new information to most Enenews readers and contributors.


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    • WWJD WWJD

      @ChasAha – I agree with you 100%

      @James Tekton, I have found out about so many crazy things that I personally can not call Fukushima an accident yet. At this point what does it really matter anyway because the damage can not be reversed.

      @Sol Man – There were reports before Fukushima 3/11 of the possibility of an event such as this so how can we honestly say "nobody could have for seen this"?


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  • "Within about 5 days of those initial plumes, the seals would have had their first taste of aluminium foil, too. Some by direct inhalation, more by what landed in the snow and revolitalized later. What landed in the ocean, quickly worked its way through the food chain. Plutonium, Americium, Uranium, and other highly toxic elements were found a few months later in every single organism tested in Alaskan waters, by the US Department of Energy. That’s extremely bad news if you’re a seal, or anything else that eats seafood from the Pacific. Although the fishing industry, various deceitful news outlets, and paid government scientists seem to want you to believe otherwise."

    More at
    http://climateviewer.com/2014/01/26/atomic-suicide-the-tale-of-sailors-and-seals/


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    • weeman

      @eyechix, I agree with you, all I have to look at are the sea ice dewelling animals and the effects we are seeing, to further this maybe someone can tell me the kinds of sea birds that have been found dead, are they the birds that make there home on sea ice and feed?
      At the time of 311 sea ice was close to its maximum extent, when isotopes landed on ice, they did not become dulited on ice, not encapsulated in water and was free to be Blown around, far and wide.
      When these animals breath the perspiration comes in contact with radioactive isotopes and form cesium hydroxide or other compounds and hense biggest visible effects are on head and flippers.
      This accident was three years ago the majority of these animals may have been born during this time and we all know the effects of radiation on the young are far greater and detrimental.
      Unfortunately I have millions of questions, but no answers, help me see through the radioactive fog?


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Yep, there's always hope for tomorrow…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Pretty obvious symptoms and is there really hope for tomorrow…?


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  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    A part of me fears the sheeple waking up and the possible ramifications from the NSA and our continued discourse .
    Iplease don't take me wrong we are very important in getting the word out correctly sorta watchdogs of truth
    We will have to see how this plays out with the public when this goes mainstream


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    • Jebus Jebus

      Whether any tommorrow becomes a turning point in history, or not,
      our one ocean is still grossly contaminated with radionuclides.
      Creatures will be swimming through that almost forever…


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      • Jebus, Clam, Obe and all:

        * Thinking long term with respect to ultimate goals and outcomes helps me to cope.

        * In that long term (of course) we'll all be dead –under the best of circumstances –but only as individuals, so what we're attempting to conserve is our society's continuity: history –right?

        We want our lives, our labor to pass on and contribute to the common heritage, to have meaning. Moreover, we want to be able to tell our children that –and to imagine it as having been a favor to bring them into this world.

        * Most informed opinion on the matter has it that, assuming something like a modern standard of living (sanitation, decent heated personal space, well stocked grocery stores, good transportation, electricity, communication and cultural amenities), we're anywhere from 3x to 10x the population which can be sustained –long term.

        So whether it's radiation, disease, famine, societal breakdown and freezing in the dark –there has to be a "great die off" (unless we somehow managed to stage a gradual population reduction).

        * Plans and actions to bridge past a precipitous die-off and the ensuing dark ages are in order. Let's do what we can to greet, support, and encourage a better future (however distant), counseling against our mistakes.

        I think this would be a good time to take up serious "time capsuling" –as backups to our fragile living bridges and lifeboats, for to carry our earnest benedictions.


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    • We Not They Finally

      clam, you don't really have to worry abut WHEN people start waking up. The time line will probably look like this: So long as the food still looks fine and tastes delicious and there is enough of it, then "everything must be fine." Any steep degeneration in that scenario, then suddenly it will be, what's going on, and why wasn't I told?

      And how "way too late" is that?


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    RADIATION WILL TURN US INTO WHITE GOO . .

    Unless they stop the damn leaking.


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    • hbjon hbjon

      Tptb will surely be deep below the earth in their fortified shelters, while the scratching, biting, hysterical, white zombie goo comes knocking.

      Then again, the cure for chronic white goo infestation may be as close as the corner drug store. (yeah right)

      Too all my good friends at Enenews. Please beware of false advertising.


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    • deaddolphins simonhhh

      So let me get this straight…we've got big stinkies, demon babies, bucky balls, white goo, yellow goo…so what's next?? like a trip to the planetary toilet from hell…Unless they stop the damn leaking.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    "they’re also having trouble disclosing what is going on there."

    Sure they are, all that specialized equipment must of been on the fritz.

    Press Release
    ADVISORY: NNSA Releases Pictures, Video of Consequence Management Response Teams Deploying to Japan
    Mar 15, 2011

    These teams have the skills, expertise and equipment to help assess, survey, monitor and sample areas for radiation.

    http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/mediaroom/pressreleases/japandeployment

    Everyone's befuddled, amazed, asstonished, asstounded…


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    • Angela_R

      Jebus, and was that help refused?
      or was it that they were ALL desperately trying to arrest a situation that many had warned about …but all they could do was attempt to hold back the catastrophe

      who was in charge of legislation,
      who were they listening to,
      who has always played down the problems,
      who refused to examine Dr. Roy's process,
      who allowed and still allow nuclear processes,
      Who dismisses concerns
      who speak of bananas! – TEPCO?


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    • Shaker1

      I think those teams got there, sat down with the Japanese to drink sake, realized that the political situation was quite hopeless, and went to the site to actually do an honest assessment so that their bosses could entertain a valid political response. When no valid political response that would be effictive here was forthcoming (or actually was, if one believes that shutting down rad monitoring was a valid political response) they and/or the results of their assessment turned to white goo.

      I went to physicsforums this morning looking for something specific and entertained myself by reading the thread that consisted of the first few days after quake and the tsunami. It was, and still is, a site where people with actual hands-on experience with BWRs exists, and in the beginning, because they only had information that the common person had, I especially valued that knowledge. Once I got to discussion of the explosive event at Unit 3 though, I remembered just why I began to search for other takes on the situation. I imagine that those assessors sent in the beginning to Fukushima were of the same variety: knowledgable, sober in their words and reactions, but not able to extend themselves very far beyond what they are told. For instance, they'll state why the sensors won't work in those situations, yet still accept the published results of those sensors. I'll leave it at that…


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  • Ontological Ontological

    This is sorta on topic, radiation effect. Visiting my doctor today, dosimeter was very active, when leaving it jumped to 117 cpm, 3200 or so total beta. The PET / radiology company next door, sent a couple patients out into already 750 cpm or so beta glowing with N13, and various other goodies. Needles to say we did not stick around. Carry a dosimeter, protect your family. This is clearly why FUKU has such a secretive cloak of death surrounding it.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    After careful examination, all these dead animals were discovered to have the GE logo tatooed just inside their assholes. Just after autopsy, the animals melted into a white gooey substance. Scientists remain befuddled………………………………..


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  • bluetick

    you guys need to stop worrying so much.. japs just stated when the technology is developed (not yet though ) they will clean it right up.. so we are just sitting around waiting for the paper towel to be created so we can clean the counter so to say!
    no story here folks, everything is under control, so please move on!

    it will be taken care of just have some patience…

    just joking for those who are very uptight right now…


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  • Sickputer

    Speaking as a gaikoku no kata :-) I recommend deep sixing the jap pejorative. The war is over and a new one has begun against an alien enemy. We're all in this up to our necks and frankly I feel the blame for this Armageddon nuclear disaster can be pointed at a lot of countries. The Japanese people are just at ground zero.


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  • Nick

    My only hope in this hopeless mess is for enough individuals to realize, for themselves, what is going on.

    I cannot shout loudly enough so that others will hear.

    I cannot weep long enough hoping someone else will have tears to wipe.

    I can't even SAY anything to anybody about Fukushima, for there really is nothing to say, it is beyond comprehension.

    If you are in Alaska, and just happen to be reading Enenews, please send in your own findings/sightings.

    We are beyond waiting for experts on this. We need social media to go haywire. Not tomorrow. Now.

    A time of great sorrow has arrived on planet earth. Ignoring the poisoning of our vibrant earth does no one or anything any favors.

    You will see loved ones die. You will see seals and other wildlife manifest horrific symptoms.

    You will see a change.

    Nothing will stop this hideous reality. Only propaganda can forestall reality.


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  • 4Yahshua

    1~28~5995 (out of 6000) in this "Twilight Zone Apocalypse"!

    As BAD as the results of 3~11~11 are, I believe that this is a warning for something MUCH WORSE! New Orleans was almost hit by a hurricane not long before Katrina. I believe that that was their warning. Japan can get MUCH WORSE at ANY moment. We must ALL make personal changes for the better (physically and spiritually) if we even HOPE to survive!


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    • artika rama

      4yahshua Excuse me for asking but what does those numbers mean at the beginning of your messaege ?
      thanks


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      • maybesomeday

        Slap me down for intruding here, but the number is most likely a date: January 28 5995. Many "fundamentalist Christians" believe the world is only 6000 years old. Many believe in the "End Time" scenario. The implication is only 5 years until the "end of the world".


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    • We Not They Finally

      Before you concern yourself with hoping to survive ask yourself what will be left?Isnt it better to simply when the time is right to walk off in the sunset like the the end of a john wayne movie????

      Sometimes discretion is better than unplaced valor….The idea that to be around when the world turns to ash is a hopeless hope..My friends just be with what happens as a moment of s discovery.Shakespeare said it all with his to be or not to be that is the question???Yes we all got a crappy fate caused by the greed foolishness and even evil of the corporate fasacist States…Now what??


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  • Socrates

    Three core melts adjacent to the Pacific Ocean with multiple explosions. Use of salt water to attempt to cool. Underground river runs through site with spent fuel pools up 100 feet into the air.

    Many big earthquakes followed. The earth underneath the plants shifted seismic settling. Build too close to the ocean. Containments breached. Massive releases into the atmosphere and oceans.

    There is the idea that some inventory was military or secret. Know inventory contained some of the deadliest substances know to man in huge quantities.

    Anyone who has built buildings with concrete and steel understands that the plumbing cannot stand shifts in the foundation.

    The spectrum of dysmorphology in marine mammals would be expected. Humans are next. To me, just as the moon follows the sunset, the slow-motion train wreck in the environment is inevitable.

    Take an aquarium and put in some metal. Soon, all fish die. The earth is a closed ecosystem with a thin biosphere. Ozone permitted the evolution of life since it provided protection against ionizing radiation. No economic or political ideologies can change these rules of life.

    The news is spreading fast. Either the ecosystem crashes, or the economy, or both. Why do people expect a miracle? They tempted the Fates. This is mother nature's payback. Grow up! This was the Faustian Bargain. The devil wants his due. That's all.


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    • We Not They Finally

      "The devil is having his due." This is also as far as the principle of life dictates the final solution for the entire world that we called our home….Simply if all the reasons that our ecology has protected us disappear whats left then?


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  • We Not They Finally

    With great sorrow one of the most important voices of the last 50 years has followed his wife..Pete Seeger died yesterday.But his voice and his legend will last as long as people value his courage love and concern for all of us.


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  • Thanksforplaying

    Yes, a true human being, but perhaps better of out of it now…..


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