Magazine: Some plants were glowing after Chernobyl and researchers found countless examples of monstrous mutations — Claims wildlife now considered healthy

Published: February 17th, 2013 at 2:25 pm ET
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Title: Wildlife in Chernobyl: Debate over mutations and populations of plants and animals in the radioactive fallout exclusion zone
Source: Slate Magazine
Author: Mary Mycio
Date: January 21, 2013

Do Animals in Chernobyl’s Fallout Zone Glow?

[...] Whenever I tell anyone about my encounters with Chernobyl wildlife, the questions are always the same: Do they have two heads? Do they glow? Do you glow?

Actually, in the early years, when contaminated dust coated everything, researchers found countless examples of the monstrous mutations imagined in 1950s horror movies: malformations, dwarfism, gigantism, strange growths, and, yes, even some glowing.

But those effects were seen only in plants. While Attack of the Giant Leaves doesn’t seem as horrible as the Creature With the Atom Brain, no one has ever found seriously deformed wild animals (or zombies) after the Chernobyl accident. Mutant animals born in the wild die or get eaten before they can be discovered.

[...] rodents studied in the 1990s had shorter life spans and smaller litters than their counterparts outside the zone. Stag beetles had uneven horns. But it didn’t affect their population numbers.

And because the health of wild animal species is usually judged by their numbers rather than the conditions of individuals, Chernobyl wildlife is considered healthy. [...]

See also: Biologist on Mutated Butterflies: Study is overwhelming in its implications for humans -- Japan Researcher: Insects were believed to be very resistant to radiation -- Irregularly developed eyes, malformed antennae, much smaller wings (PHOTO)

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20 comments to Magazine: Some plants were glowing after Chernobyl and researchers found countless examples of monstrous mutations — Claims wildlife now considered healthy

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    See? A little bit of radiation in the environment is really nutritious! More food for the predators who get to eat the deformed ones!


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  • jec jec

    A really terrible example of a totally non-scientific report, a media plug drafted to coverup the true situation. Where are the examples, the numbers..and the fact that only 20% of Belarus children are healthy..where is that in the report? Any DNA tests to show no changes to plants, animals or humans? Any census counts? Knowledge of deformations? Heck..anyone can be a scientist and write reports like this..even my pet dog who can jump on the laptop keyboard…


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Can't believe ENE allowed this trash article on their website. Has 0 ZERO zilch niet nada dickeydoo zip narrynunyuns nothing of value. Should have put an old furry freak brothers comic page clip instead. Would have been more entertaining.


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  • guezilla

    "no one has ever found seriously deformed wild animals after the Chernobyl accident". So they did find before, but not after? Mmh.

    I'm not sure why it's being called trash otherwise, though the glowing they off-handedly finally mention in a side-sentence with no explanation might be referring to the Worm Wood Forest/Red Forest where part of the core got ejected.

    Some accounts relate to it having glown in the immediate aftermath, though most of the references have been sanitized out since then. This classic eyewitness story can still be found, though it doesn't specificlly relate to the forest:

    "I can still see the bright-crimson glow, it was like the reactor was glowing. This wasn't any ordinary fire, it was some sort of shining. It was pretty. I'd never seen anything like it in the movies. [...] People came from all around on their cars and their bikes to have a look. We didn't know that death could be so beautiful. Though I wouldn't say that it had no smell — it wasn't a spring or an autumn smell, but something else, and it wasn't the smell of earth. My throat tickled, and tears came to my eyes."

    As for no Creature With Atom Brain, whatever gave them the idea?
    http://phys.org/news/2011-02-chernobyl-birds-smaller-brains.html


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      I was just about to . . . when you posted this, HotR.

      Ignorant a$$holes.

      Child murdering scum. I think that sums it up very well.


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    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Judge is obviously intelligent enough to know better. So the only options I see left are:

      1)Insanely cruel bald face fibber

      2)suffering from multiple personalities (explains dual citizenship, ones the little girl that wants to act, the other the (possibly) abused lawyer her mom made her)

      3)Alien drone on a mission


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  • Sickputer

    Mary Mycio is a product of her livelihood (mainly journalism). She gets paid to write what editors want and while livin Kiev she wrote the book. We don't know why she suddenly changed from anti-nuclear to pro-nuclear. Take a guess or two.

    In any event it was not all Bambi and winnie the Pooh in her sojourns in the Red Forest. Couple of excerpts from her interview with the IAEA:

    "That is not to say that all species are doing well. Great tits in the Red Forest, which is one of the most radioactive outdoor environments on the planet, have lower reproductive success than their counterparts in other zone environments. Insects with long development periods in soil also suffer because that’s where more than 90% of the radioactivity is concentrated."

    "In some places, like the Red Forest, radiation exposure can be as high as 1 roentgen, which is more than 50,000 times normal background. In the ghost town of Pripyat, they can exceed a milliroentgen, though most readings hover around several hundred microroentgens"

    Caption below her photo: "The author, photographed in November 2005 in the Red Forest. The maximum levels measured in the Red Forest that day approached seven milliroentgens! We didn’t stay long."

    http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/Bulletin/Bull472/pdfs/backtowild.pdf

    SP: Mary sees a "paradox" in what she considers animals thriving (except for the aforementionec tit bird and obviously the hot spots she did not care to linger in very long!


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  • Sickputer

    Journalists (even one with a BA in biology) who use visual observations to make assumptions without scientific research to substantiate theories are not going to win a Nobel Prize.

    Animals can't tell us if they have pain. Animals in the wild can't be accurately tracked from birth to death to determine if they suffered radiation poisoning.

    Yes animals and naked apes can live in radiation hotspots. But their life quality is poor and longevity is shortened. Perhaps we will get better data from the "thriving" naked apes in Fukushima Prefecture. They seem to be doing so well (sarcasm). Upon visual examination they don't seem to have any problems like thyroid cysts or thyroid cancer (double sarcasm).

    Mary…you sold your soul to the devil to make a buck. I hope you can live with yourself after telling such slanted lies.


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  • Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    They don't even have the basic decency to try to cover their false argumentative techniques.

    complete disrespect to the human race.


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  • We Not They Finally

    I have NO IDEA why this article does not include the monstrous genetic deformities to HUMANS in that area to this day. The children in that area are afflicted GRIEVOUSLY. This is NO TIME to be going soft on the truth. In fact, it's a little infuriating. And to thus ANY IMPRESSION WHATSOEVER that the children in JAPAN are not at grave risk of producing deformed children thenselves, is just WRONG. ENE News usually knows better. What is going on?


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    PBS; Radioactive Wolves In Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Movie Review; via A Green Road
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/chernobyl-pbs-radioactive-wolves-in.html

    Radioactive Boars And Deer (Still) Unfit To Eat 950 Miles From Chernobyl; via A Green Roadhttp://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/radioactive-boars-and-deer-unfit-to-eat.html


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Better link

    Radioactive Boars And Deer (Still) Unfit To Eat 950 Miles From Chernobyl; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/radioactive-boars-and-deer-unfit-to-eat.html


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  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    I love the line Ann Coulter should move there! Gave me a good wonderful laugh. Thank you for that! And … I do remember glow in the dark mushrooms all around Fort Indian Town Gap..I think it was… when stationed there years and years ago. It never seemed right to most of us soldiers going thru training school there.


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