Janet Mitchell, City Administrator for Kivalina City Council, with Replogle Swan, Kivalina Search and Rescue, Nov 3, 2015 (emphasis added): Arctic char with Saprolegnia mold – Kivalina, Alaska – I have an interest in the health of the sea mammals because of the Fukushima disaster… even if the foods we eat from the ocean may not be affected, they do migrate through the bodies of water surrounding Alaska so we do have cause for concern… We have noticed baby seals washing ashore because they are too weak to swim for lengths of time. There are walruses that come to shore also from being so sick. My brother shot a walrus last summer that was so skinny, we were very alarmed at it’s condition. Baby walruses come ashore… alone. We do not know if they survive… Pt. Hope also reports very sick walruses summer time… [T]he most recent discovery was a rainbow trout brought to the city office… I’ve attached photos of the very sick fish… the bloody entrails were exiting out and it was also bleeding through the mouth. There were the beginnings of lesions on the skin… We are very much aware of the possibility of radiation from Fukushima affecting the ocean life but we realize there are other possibilities.
- Local Environmental Observer (LEO): … LEO Network has received a number of reports this year about illness in fish, birds and sea mammals…
- Dr. Jayde Ferguson, Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game: There appears to be Saprolegnia (a water mold) growing on the tail… The anal fin has a blistered appearance, possibly a proliferative growth such as a neoplasm or tumor that has formed an ulcer. A systemic infection (such as a bacterial infection in blood) may also be involved as there appears to be reddening in the head region…
And: Alaska bird die-off “unprecedented… biggest ever recorded” — Stomachs completely empty — “Staggering… Alarming… Unheard of… Never seen anything like it” — “A host of other freakish phenomena” (VIDEO)
Published: March 18th, 2016 at 12:05 am ET