Mystery: Starfish turn to ‘slime’ along Pacific coast — “We’re talking about a loss of millions and millions” — Compared to medieval ‘Black Death’ — Innards become exposed and fall apart — Cases ballooning in Alaska (VIDEO)

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Reuters, Nov. 5, 2013: Mysterious disease turning starfish to ‘slime’ on U.S. West Coast [...] ravaging starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast [...] “It’s pretty spooky because we don’t have any obvious culprit [...]” said Pete Raimondi, chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Lab. [...] Starfish have suffered from the syndrome on and off for decades but have usually been reported in small numbers, isolated to southern California and linked to a rise in seawater temperatures, which is not the case this time, Raimondi said. Since June, wasting starfish have been found in dozens of coastal sites ranging from south-east Alaska to Orange County, California, and the mortality rates have been higher than ever seen before, Raimondi said. [...]

Guardian, Nov. 5, 2013: “Their tissue just melts away,” said Melissa Miner, a biologist and researcher with the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network, a group of government agencies, universities and non-profit groups that monitor tidal wildlife and environment along the west coast. Miner, based in Washington state, has studied wasting starfish locally and in Alaska since June, when only a few cases had been reported. “It has ballooned into a much bigger issue since then,” she said.

TIME, Nov. 5, 2013: It’s normal for a tiny portion of starfish populations to suffer from so-called “wasting syndrome.” [...] But the disease is typically isolated to one or two starfish among hundreds in a rocky tide pool. And even in bad cases, it rarely stretches beyond a single population. “The spatial extent is unprecedented,” says Pete Raimondi [...] “If it’s as extensive as it looks like it is, then we’re talking about a loss of millions and millions.” [...] [Though they] often recover from the lesions, infections on the West Coast are proving lethal. [...] starfish generally have the ability to grow new arms, in these cases wounds don’t heal and innards become exposed as the animal falls apart. [...]

KCET, Nov. 5, 2013: [S]cientists aren’t sure whether that bacterium causes the disease or just comes along for the ride. And the extent of this disease outbreak, along thousands of miles of coast, has them worried. [...] Previous outbreaks of wasting disease had been linked to warmer ocean water during El Niño events, but this year’s epidemic seems to be happening in places where the water has been colder [...] At least 10 species have been found suffering from the illness [...] “this mortality rate is every bit as bad as some villages that were virtually wiped out by the medieval Black Death,” [U.C. Santa Cruz researcher Allison Gong] writes.

Yet one scientist sees the situation quite differently than the rest

CBS Los Angeles, Nov. 4, 2013: “There is no indication that it has any connection to anything other than a natural occurrence; it is following a pattern that we’ve seen before,” [Mike Schaadt, Director of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro] said. “So there’s no indication that this has some other connection.”

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82 comments to Mystery: Starfish turn to ‘slime’ along Pacific coast — “We’re talking about a loss of millions and millions” — Compared to medieval ‘Black Death’ — Innards become exposed and fall apart — Cases ballooning in Alaska (VIDEO)

  • Alpha1

    When will you see that this is not just a black plague, strontium 90, cesium 127,129,131,133, Plutonium 245, uranium 233, cerium 239,242 and not even to say cerium melts away Iodine and most fish are made up of Iodine specially starfish and shell fish wow really!!!!!

    I am not a special oceanography disease expert but I am on Nuclear radiant and radiological man made free radical poisoning and health physics wake up ass holes!!!!

    Cerium boils away anything that has Iodine in it almost immediately just like placing KOH2 into water and watching boil within seconds!!!

    Wake Up and get ready for the red Death of all sea life in the pacific thank you fuk u shima kamikaze!!!


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    • m a x l i

      While I agree with the outrage, I have to ask you to be more specific what you mean by "melts away" or "boils away". I'm afraid possibly no one with any level of science education can make any sense of what you are saying – those without any neither. If we could "boil away" elements or isotopes, our food would be safe again, wouldn't it? And I'm worried you are helping no one except those who are keen to prove that environmentalists and nuclear-power opponents are scientifically clueless tin-hat mystics.

      Are you sure you meant to talk about, for instance, plutonium-245? Half-life 10.5 hours!

      I hate to be picky, but one more: Starfish and shellfish are no fish.


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  • Grampybone Grampybone

    Starfish mass die off is caused by radiation suffocation from tritium bonds on the starfish's calcium rich outer shell that must be constantly rebuilt by the delicate insides of the animal. Bikini Bay can explain what is happening to the oceanic life in the Pacific from radiation exposure.


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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      .. :) It will get worse… :(


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      • unincredulous unincredulous

        Marty McVeigh “It’s Getting Worse” lyrics

        The air is smelling rude, there’s poison in our food
        It’s in the water that we drink, I’m in a sullen mood

        refrain: It’s getting worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse. It’s getting worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse
        (refrain)
        The layoffs they go on, afflicting everyone
        What good are all the tax cuts, your career dried up and gone?
        (refrain)
        For many life is hell, outside the homeless dwell.
        Their high rates of mortality, some folks say just as well.
        (refrain)
        The government’s absurd, the people are not heard
        Political contributors, they get the final word.
        (refrain)
        The rich folks, they cheat, the tax system they beat.
        They treat welfare recipients like hunks of rancid meat.
        (refrain)
        The courts get tough on crime, ten million doing time.
        We toss them into prison, without reason – without rhyme.
        (refrain)
        The Middle Eastern embroiled, attacked them for their oil.
        They’re calling for a Holy War, because we’re on their soil.
        (refrain)
        They tell me shut my mouth, don’t like it then move out;
        I’m free to speak my mind, that’s what this country is all about!

        [May be more , my copy ends there.)


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    • Bones Bones

      If you are talking about some body of water by The Bikini Atolls then it def could. The military and government know full well what the effects are to a marine population. The had how many hundreds and hundreds of tests and not one involving marine life research? The knew everything they know now 60, 70 years ago. (Danger-wise and the list keeps growing.)


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    • ftlt

      Gramp: Your claim is unfounded…


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    John…shot dead..?

    Who shot John…??

    Nothing here to see…move your ass along.


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  • Alpha1

    Grampy,

    Thank you maybe I am losing it but it pisses me off that most do not have the education nor desire to find out the truth specially those who already are book locked due to their degree…


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  • Songie Songie

    why don't they just test them for radiation already and then tell us.

    we are grownups and we deserve to know if this is radiation poisoning or if we can put our G-D minds at ease a little….

    anybody know if they are planning on testing? seems like it would take all of a couple of days and we'd know….anybody out there near dying starfish who can grab one and take it to a G-D lab? I'll even chip in….


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  • Nigwil

    Yes, I agree. One is led to wonder how it is that the vast congregation of scientifically inclined people watching this mess do not seem, in spite of their superior scientific education, to have the ability to solve one simple equation:

    Two plus two equals …? C'mon guys, its not too hard to connect the dots here!

    I guess there's none so blind as those who will not see, especially when their pay packet depends on it.

    Where is the moral outrage at all this? The resounding silence is beyond belief!!!


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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      The problem with our current Nuclear Technology applications used in this power generation form/fashion, is that once this Nuclear Technology fails inside the operation of the machine created to contain it, exactly like in Fukushima Japan, the spewing ongoing Radiation Contamination can never ever be turned off. :(

      Simple question is..can you/we/them turn off the Sun?

      Yes or no?

      It will get worse for all life present on Planet Earth! :(

      Better get to shutting down all these Nuclear "Cancer Causing" Rattle Traps!

      WE must do this as a singular "wanting to survive" species worldwide and quickly! :)


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    • Songie Songie

      even if they can't fathom the dots being connected, don't they at least want to disprove it for themselves and shut us up…oh, we're not talking loud enough, is that it?

      Ok, then: TEST THE DAMN STARFISH FOR RADIATION AND PUBLISH THE RESULTS!

      I am so sick and so angry of all this not knowing–i mean, I know—-but all my friends, even my radical friends, think i have LOST MY MIND!


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  • Alpha1

    I am with you there, they will need to put a small portion in a scintillation system… I would think they already have the answers but they are paid idiots and they are grouping to the media and paid for what they say. Remember complete media blackout in us under the P treaty…


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  • Alpha1

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

    I know this has been seen but it is so true!!!!


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  • Songie Songie

    how about post somethig like this on your FB page and email to all your contact…

    "anybody live near any melting starfish? I'd like to chat…."

    …. then find a lab near them to send a starfish to, then do a fund raiser on ENENEWS or anywhere and get some funding and let's get one of the dang things tested….

    this is not rocket science!!!

    anybody here on enenews live in one of these coastal areas?


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  • Alpha1

    No I am not but I have family all over the west coast, my brother is a diver there and I have gotten him to stop. I do also have contact with some people at UC Berkley and he may have some insight however he is just a payed gun like the rest of them.

    I think we should raise a fund anyway Songie, there is no reason why we are not raising funds to help aid in the fight to find a way to slow down the reactions to Rad Poisons… Already working on that one.

    Some of us do like to be anonymous there are reasons for that however. I will try to find somebody in the know on the melted fish and see if my bro can get me a sample of mush…I can test it from here without need to send to lab…


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    • Songie Songie

      now you're talking alpha1!!!!!…..we MUST take matters into our own hands…you can get mush? you got a scintillator? i understand some prefer anonymity. not me. i am neither a public figure nor a scientist nor anybody of any importance…..if i can be of assistance…say the word and i'll figure out a way for you to contact me privately….


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      • Sol Man

        Thank you for your passion in getting to the truth. If I were close to the coast I would get a sample to somebody that could test, but I am by the mountains. My heart feels profound sadness for the ignorance and wickedness of some people.


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      A quick scan with a dosimeter revealed that the sea lion was radioactive. More careful measurements disclosed a shocking 0.48 microsieverts in the heart and liver region. The second most affected area was its rear flippers, probably due to repeated contact with fecal excretions. The nose and mouth were a bit less contaminated….The internal readings suggest the probable cause of death as ingestion of radioactive feed, mainly through fish in its diet (and algae inside the fishes’ bellies) and secondarily immersion in seawater. Moving from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, nuclear isotopes were bio-accumulated in the internal organs, especially cesium concentrating in the heart muscle. Cesium is known to cause irregular beat, cell abnormalities, muscle atrophy and spasms leading to a seizure and cardiac arrest.
      ..The clumps of seaweeds in front of SCE Onofre registered between 0.18 and 0.38 microsieverts, in the same range as those I measured on the shore of south Fukushima prefecture. The Catalina readngs of 0.12 to 0.18 microsieverts in seaweed and 0.28 in barnacles and 0.20 limpets is higher than my findings at the Abukuma River basin near the border of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures. (Note: By comparison, readings taken on the Japanese coast just south of the Fukushima No.2 plant were extremely high, often more than 1.2 microsieverts per hour.) report by Yoichi Shimatsu science writer based in Hong Kong
      http://www.rense.com/general95/sanofre.html


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    MAYBE WE'RE NEXT, TURNING TO SLIME

    Being poisoned by nuclear.

    Happening 24/7, non-stop, in the air, water, sea, food, etc.

    Invisible, can't tell when you're getting radiated.


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  • Anthony Anthony

    The Destruction of the Nature Kingdoms.
    By Nebadonia thru Shellee-Kim.
    Jul 29, 2013 – 8:26:49 AM

    **It is true to say that those of your time and place have little regard for all other species upon your planet and in your seas that occupy the same space and air as you do.

    Somehow because you utter words, you have talked yourselves into a sense of collective superiority over your brothers and sisters in different forms. These ones, like you, have volunteered to experience life on Mother Earth's body to serve both you and she. And to learn as a species. But they have been reliant on you to guide them, to show them the way in this grand evolutionary journey and wondrous opportunity for growth.

    Yet, instead you have seen fit to rather choose to inflict the most horrendous pain and suffering upon them, in your wisdom.
    ‘By their fruits, ye shall know them', so says one of your world's holy books. Well, WE have come to know what it is that still remains prior motivation in the deep dishonouring of the many species upon your plane. And it breaks our hearts…

    There can be no greater pain for a mother than to see her children swept along by the lies in a world that refuses to stand up to its oppressors, all the while the voiceless (animals,birds, sea life, trees/forests and all of the rest of the nature kingdom) face endless cycles of continued pain and suffering.**

    http://abundanthope.net/pages/Eskay/The-Destruction-of-the-Nature-Kingdoms.shtml


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  • Ashez2jewels

    I would like to mention something that seems to be missing in all this speculation, something that has just as much catastrophic potential as radioactivity.
    And smells.
    Brine.

    How much sea water has been pumped into Fukushima?
    How much is leaked per day?
    How many times on this very website has steam and vapors been reported?
    Everyone is so worried about the radioactive contamination but what about all the minerals native of sea water? If you know anything about coastal desalination programs, you would know that the resulted concentrated sea water is released back into the ocean. That release has to be controlled to minimize the impact of the brine on marine life.
    It's been over two years. We have a Texas-sized debris field coming. Where's the accumulated brine? It pools together and it doesn't have to be hi-con to make it harmful. Worse, Fuku-brine would be radioactive.
    Read up on brine pools, underwater lakes.
    Check out the basic composition of sea water and just LOOK at the hazards of the stuff that's naturally found in our oceans.
    Here's 3 starters: bromine
    Brine:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brine_pool
    Desalination:
    http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/ocean/desalination/docs/dpr051812.pdf

    I could be wrong (hydrogen/plutonium-disease/brine) but there may be Fuku-brine pockets out there. Drifting radioactive acid pools marine life can't see or evade. Maybe we could test for it.


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  • ShutItAllDown

    So, how do we find out who funds the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro?


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  • Ashez2jewels

    The EPA is currently too busy with all the buerocratically bogged make-work. We need people, just common Joes and Janes near the coast that have a heart and a bit of spare time each week.
    They say healthy stars would suddenly start melting, the healthy one moment, goo the next strikes ocurring IN POCKETS. Someone could test mineral levels of healthy stars that are in close proximity to melting stars and compare them or they could pick some coastal spots to monitor.
    Now, I know it sounds funny but I keep seeing those blue toilet tank tablets. They slowly dissolve, bleeding blue-stained cleaning solution. Sure, we can't exactly pour enough dye into the leaking pools to make it toilet-blue but I know stuff and ways exists out there that can make even the tiniest of things visible. 
    Like fluorescence: 
    http://geology.com/articles/fluorescent-minerals/
    Saying in part:
    Only about 15% of minerals have this ability and every specimen of those minerals does not fluoresce. [2] Fluorescence usually occurs when specific impurities known as "activators" are present within the mineral. These activators are typically cations of metals such as: tungsten, molybdenum, lead, boron, titanium, manganese, uranium and chromium. Rare earth elements such as europium, terbium, dysprosium, and yttrium are also known to contribute to the fluorescence phenomenon. Fluorescence can also be caused by crystal structural defects or organic impurities.

    *Sorry if this has been said already*


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  • durando durando

    It's hard to ask our governments to be honest with us when coverup has been the name of the game for the majority of the 20th century and the entirety of the 21st. Our society would completely crumble if the truth really got out so in fairness to the powers that be it is very understandable why they can't sound the alarm. That's why they will cover up and deny until they fix the problems or there is no one that they can lie to anymore.

    It would be nice if an independent source maybe even a frequent reader of this site could do a bit of testing maybe just running a Geiger counter over afflicted starfish and surrounding water may yield some results

    Even without confirmation it is safe to say something has upset the eco balance in the Pacific Ocean with all the reports of weird sightings and sick animals it's only logical to conclude that Fukushima is the likely candidate.

    Shy of inventing new technologies to counter act the effects of radiation and or dispose of nuclear waste I do not feel that we are going to survive as a species the job of cleaning this mess is to monumental with our current technologies. Now we'll either die or adapt and evolve.

    Just my humble opinions. Life is short love like today is your last because it just might be.


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  • Hey guys, I'm new around here. Been silently following along since 3/11, now living just outside Los Angeles, about 30 minutes inland of Malibu. I love how progressive and active you all are as a group, and I want admission! So, I don't currently have the resources to purchase a geiger/survey meter at this time, but I would like to know what I'm being exposed to just as much as you guys do. Because you're right, nobody on the "officials" list is going to do the research for us. We know where THAT road leads. SO, when I do purchase one to test waters/soil/store-bought fish or other foods with my iPhone (another radiation emitter–go figure!), a separate handheld unit, or other (please recommend if you know the best!), I would be happy to post weekly RAD, etc. results for the Los Angeles/Ventura County region, AS WELL AS to hunt for some of these starfish goo samples in the area, if there are any. Otherwise, if y'all wanna pool some resources together crowdfunding-style and collectively purchase one I could use as steward (because I'm SO over owning things these days ::eyeroll::), we can get on the wagon immediately and ALL get some more answers for one of the most densely populated areas on the West Coast. Let me know what you think, as I am deeply concerned for my family's well-being and LOVE to contribute to the enlightenment of the masses, in this matter et al! Keep on fightin' the good fight, lovers. :-)


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  • Nigwil

    Nice to see that they have seriously tidied up unit 4's upper deck.

    Tho rad levels are 230 counts per second in the U4 enclosure, rising to 2500 counts per second in the vicinity of units 1, 2 and 3. Nice place to stay a looooong way away from. All praise to the courageous folk who are walking around that place!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24847381

    http://www.salon.com/2013/11/07/foreign_journalists_were_allowed_inside_fukushima_heres_what_they_saw/


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    • Cisco Cisco

      Workers not to worry. I just watched a TEPCO sponsored interview stating that workers will be "completely safe" wearing masks (not respirators) and Tyvec suits.

      TEPCO workers dispose their Tyvec suits after their shift, and TEPCO disposes workers shortly thereafter.

      No problem!


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  • Alaskan Ice Alaskan Ice

    Let me suggest the real bogeyman in an industry where one out of 450 nuke plants goes kaput a la Chernobyl or Fukushima every ten or twenty years, causing hundreds of billions or tens of trillions of dollars of damages, necessitating an INDUSTRY KILLING INSURANCE PREMIUM BETWEEN 50-500 MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR!!!!

    "NATIONAL SECURITY" you fools!!!! Most of these countries signed the NPT and built "commercial" nuke plants so that if and when "the world changed" they'd be only one step away from building nuke-bombs and being one of the "big boys." Japan isn't covering TEPCO's ass for any other reason at this point.


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  • pkjn

    Japan lawmaker reprimanded after emperor letter hits nerve
    TOKYO Fri Nov 8, 2013
    (Reuters) –
    On Friday, Parliament's upper house barred Yamamoto from attending events with the imperial family and issued a stern warning, an official said.
    Yamamoto, an actor and anti-nuclear activist elected to the upper house in July, said he had wanted to tell the emperor about the "endangered future" of Japanese children due to health problems from Fukushima.
    A vast swathe of land remains off-limits, while traces of radioactive contamination have been found in rice and far out in the Pacific Ocean.
    The issue of nuclear reactors is a minus for the government, and that's one probable reason the reaction is so strong.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/08/us-japan-lawmaker-taboo-idUSBRE9A708L20131108


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Hopefully Ysmamoto calculated that there would be a public 'shunning'.
    I know he knows he did the right thing..
    May he sleep at night..resting his heart and soul.

    He is doing his part in the 'good fight'.
    Heart of the Rose bows deeply.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Morning typo..'Yamamoto'.
    Yamamoto is a hero.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Can we multiply Yamamoto to millions like him? We need courageous committed humans all over the globe..What will it take? How far down the road can we go?When will we wake up? Or is it only a matter of time and the human experiment fails.In the USA The EPA and our entire Government is obsessed with the status quo..Its like living with your eyes shut your mouth closed and your heart. What about the heart??? This is a reality that cant be concealed. Not for long. What will you tell the children what will you tell the parents what will you tell the world? True humans would shut down the nuclear plants now.Before inevitably the worlds electric could shut down at anytime.The Congress would vote for a deflection system that we can have to deflect planet killing asteroids.


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  • Nick

    Starfish are keystone predators in marine ecosystems. Many folks consider them pests, since their diet includes other creatures that humans retrieve from the sea.

    The scale of this die-off is clearly beyond our normal understanding of previous ones.

    We can extrapolate all we want, but until we see data on radio nucleotides, sea water pH, virus/bacteria concentrations in same water samples, any conclusions are suspect.

    What's clear is, the ecosystems are being stressed.

    Test…..for…..stressors.

    Report results. Post on public websites. Let us then make our own conclusions.

    Yes, it maybe FUkushithittingthefanshima, but it may be due to, say increased solar activity. Maybe fracking super secret (degreaser) solutions? Maybe glyphosphate residue. ETC

    Until I see the data, the cause is fuzzy.


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    • It may also be a tipping point for methane gas in water..

      Would love to see data about methane gas levels dissolved in ocean, in the same locations where starfish are dissolving, then control areas outside of these areas where no deaths reported.

      Same goes for radiation..

      But seeing non response of biologists, just us normal citizens will end up doing all of the work and not get paid for it.

      Just like citizens are doing journalists work now..

      Just like citizens are doing nuclear 'experts' work now…

      Just like citizens are doing the nuclear regulators work now…

      May as well disband this part of the government, the regulators, and the 'experts getting paid on public dime, because at least in this arena they are almost completely worthless… at least so far.

      Start over… RESET.


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      • VanneV anne

        There was all kinds of nuclear waste dumped in the ocean off the coast of San Francisco. That's just what we know about. There may have been more dumped elsewhere by the US.

        Anyway, the radiation all accumulates and bioaccumulates. And Fukushima is one of the last straws. But, sadly, there will be more.


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  • roger@gemm.com

    News media outlets can not be relied on to report unbiased nuke news, or inform us in any neutral way. CNN has displayed it's colors with Pandora's Promise. Fox News assertion that CNN is mainstream is a canard. They have socially liberal positions but they are from the ranks of the wealthy and people who admire them. They are afraid of the chaos and strife that might engulf us and the rest of the world as energy production can't keep up with demand.
    So, they are pushing the energy companies preferred solution, nuclear power, instead of pushing alternative energy production, which is at the very bottom of it's potential growth curve. The harm all the radiation released in to this planet since world war 2 is dishonestly ignored.
    Fox News is GOP central and we know where they stand. They don't want to do anything that has any negative consequence for the wealthy individuals and corporations they identify with. When have they or the tea party ever taken any stance that doesn't support the wishes of the most powerful?
    MSNBC is a liberal network but they are suspect because their company is owned, lock, stock and barrel, by big energy. At best they under-report real energy related news if it potentially puts nuclear and fossil fuels in a bad light.
    How about non-profits to create petitions to put people to work rebuilding roads with built-in solar, solar on every roof, ban the sale of new cars that are not green-house safe. Scare big power by extreme…


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    • m a x l i

      Roger, if you think nuclear power is "the energy companies preferred solution", then you have a distorted picture about that, which somehow proves your point about the media outlets doing a "good" job at pouring biased information about that topic into our heads.

      Of the worlds energy needs, only 2 (two!) percent comes from nuclear reactors (just enough to have it, to be able to build nuclear weapons), 13% from renewables (hydro, biomass, wind, solar) and 85 percent from fossil carbon (coal, oil, gas). Nuclear is stagnating or in decline since many years. Wind and solar have a high growth rate. The "preferred solution" is still burning carbon.

      If you look it all up for yourself, you will very likely find 6% instead of 2% for nuclear. Don't trust it, it's a lie. They like to count the thermal energy output of the nuclear reactors and forget to tell you that 2/3 of that is waste heat leaving the cooling towers warming up the atmosphere or directly disposed of into rivers or oceans (and thus fighting global warming, ha-ha-ha!) and only 1/3 of that makes it into the electricity grid as useful energy.

      Think about it: only two percent. We could switch of all nuclear reactors worldwide literally over night and wouldn't miss hardly anything the next day. Japan shows that it can be done. They had 54 nuclear reactors running before Fukushima. Now they have exactly zero! The lights are still on.


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  • Kassandra

    A study focusing on radioiodine in U.S. coastal kelp, reported that a high of 40 MBq 131I , or 40,000,000 Bq/kg of Iodine-131 had been detected in one bed of Macrocystis pyrifera off the coast of Southern California in the summer of 2011.

    S. Manley and C. Lowe (6 March 2012) ‘Canopy-Forming Kelps as California’s Coastal Dosimeter: 131I from Damaged Japanese Reactor Measured in Macrocystis Pyrifera’, Environmental Science & Technology, http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es203598r?journalCode=esthag.


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  • opensheart

    I read an artical here

    http://optimalprediction.com/wp/radiation-eating-fungi-they-kill-trees-and-they-kill-people

    that said some fungi grew better in radioactivity, and some of them are toxic.

    What if, there is enough radiation in the pacific even at low levels to alter something like fungi so that it starts eating the seastars.


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