NBC: Ocean stained with blood at Japanese port city — Gizmodo: “The scariest thing is that no one is sure why this is happening”; 200 tons of dead sardines (PHOTOS)

Published: June 8th, 2012 at 12:02 am ET


Rotting Sardines Block Japanese Port
NBC Chicago
Reena Roy
June 7, 2012


A bloody surf has turned a Japanese port city into a dumping ground for rotting fish.

Tons of sardines began washing up onto Chiba Shore in Isumi City on June 3 and continued into this week, according to Japan Today.

The Ohara fishing port was reportedly covered with the dead fish, the ocean stained with their blood


The reason for the phenomenon has not been confirmed.

This Beach Is Made from the Blood and Bodies of 200 Tons of Dead Sardines
Casey Chan
June 7, 2012

In Japan, there’s a scary sight on a port in Isumi City of Chiba Prefecture. The ground has been covered by 200 tons of dead, rotting sardines and the ocean has been stained red with their blood. It looks like a beach from hell.


The scariest thing is that no one is sure why this is happening, some are saying it’s a lack of oxygen, others are pointing to it as an omen for another disaster.




Published: June 8th, 2012 at 12:02 am ET


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51 comments to NBC: Ocean stained with blood at Japanese port city — Gizmodo: “The scariest thing is that no one is sure why this is happening”; 200 tons of dead sardines (PHOTOS)

  • voltscommissar

    One possibility: A fishing vessel returned with a catch, the catch failed the Cs-134/137 screening procedures, so they dumped it offshore, but not far enough offshore, and the dead catch washed up in the harbour on the next tide.

    • Toadmac

      Good point voltscommissar! But I am still suspect as to why there has been no answers filtering through? At least they could make up an excuse as to why the fish were dumped if this was the case.
      Latest test from the very light southerly rains on my counter in Melbourne:
      Background= 0.15 uSv/hr. I would consider this about .03uSv/h more than normal with a southerly wind (my reason for rain test)
      Test from car windscreen= 0.36 uSv/hr. I was expecting worse.
      Sorry for the off topic admin.

    • tonight SAT 6/9 10pm is the 'Fukushima special' with Gunderson, Blume, Apsley and Dale, on CoasttoCoastam radio. First national radio discussion I've seen during the 14 months, going to 550 stations nationwide, and there usually is a call-in hour for direct questions to the guests. If you can get your call in, and talk to Arnie or the others, you will have 20-some million mostly Fukushima-unaware listeners who may benefit in various ways from your questions and comments, and the following discussion:


      thanks for the heads up jump-ball.
      One More Saturday Night All … Cheers to Fuku & everyone

  • Jebus Jebus

    This begs a quote from scripture right now, but I won't.
    You get the point…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Looking at a map, it's not surprising that odd things are happening.

  • Truth

    I am not religious but this brought the same thought to me as well. Could radiation kill the fish if they swam through the worst of it? These fish swim in formation….

  • Seitsukie

    Greetings, all- I'm an student from Texas living/studying abroad in Tokyo.

    In aquatic life that live in the Gulf of Mexico, there have been pictures and stories posted over the past month showing lesions becoming somewhat common among fish/shellfish exposed to the residue, chemicals, etc. from BP's major oil spill. Somewhat on ENENews, and on other sites like Fukushima-Diary, fish that have been exposed to the cyclical (in reference to the starting and ending locations, not like whirlpool) path of oceanic currents that bear the irradiated water from the coast where Fukushima Dai'ichi is located are showing lesions and abnormalities in their bodies as well.

    I am by no means an expert on radiation or aquatic life, but given the above, coupled with research done by Professor Koide and countless others on what exposure to radiation does to physical bodies (human and otherwise), I don't think it's too far outside the realm of possibility that these fish have weakened/damaged bodies, and their death and amassing itself has led to the intense bleeding we see pictured, or simply the irritation of their lesions (if they have them, that is). If the people in Fukushima prefecture are experiencing regular nosebleeds (and other things, of course) due to their exposure, the constant internal/external exposure of radiation (perhaps in even higher amounts due to the continuous dumping of radioactive materials into the waters around Japan) to fish could cause something similar,…

    • Thanks for tuning into our channel Seitsukie.

      Let us know what you see and hear there in Tokyo – I think a lot of us are curious about that city in particular.

      I was going to add, "Something smells fishy.", and almost managed to restrain myself.

  • NukaShima NukaShima

    To keep this simple The fish beached because the water is toxic filled with radiation here is a reg study of the sardines http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/y2787e/y2787e0b.htm

  • This is not typical of what one would expect from radiation, even high doses. Everyone wants to assume Fukushima is responsible, but I'm going to suggest a much more likely explanation that I haven't heard anyone mention yet – a red tide.


    A red tide is a rapid algal bloom which toxifies the water, turns it red, and kills off all of the fish unfortunate enough to be near it.

    The Japanese authorities are slow to react, test, analyze, and disclose, so I wouldn't be surprised if a test for this hasn't been done yet and just standing there scratching their heads …

    • Toadmac

      "The Japanese authorities are slow to react, test, analyze, and disclose, so I wouldn't be surprised if a test for this hasn't been done yet and just standing there scratching their heads …"

      Is this a typical thing for the Japanese? I always thought of the Japanese as technologically advanced and very well prepared for most situations? I didn't realise that they were so lazy and don't have the thinking power to do such tests immediately?
      My knowledge of the Japanese was that they were very scientific and have access to many expert scientists, labs, universities, state of the art electronics and testing equipment? I must have got them mixed up with Ethiopia and Afghanistan's wizardry with electronics,robotics and car manufacturing!
      Those lazy Japanese better call someone and ask for some advice! I'm pretty sure (100%) there is a lot of dangerous and very serious health concerns due to massive,massive amounts of radioactive materials (more than the world has ever seen before by a long way) around Japan at present. The consequences of radiation contamination to this extent has no scientific papers on research,study and analyse the outcome for contamination at this level,no text book on how to fix it, no results from other events like this and its really anyone's guess as to what is going to happen.
      Sorry, I don't buy the "no tests because we didn't think of it" or "we don't know what it is and we don't expect any negative health effects" trick!

      • Toadmac

        I'm not saying your wrong….
        There is much concern around the world about the consequences of Japan's environmental disaster. To not inform the public of causes or results of tests is very suspect in my eyes. Red tides can be picked up and tracked by satellite imagery, the latest testing techniques used get almost instant detection results, it is not uncommon for scientists to warn of a red tide before its harmful effects tack place and it is also thought that pollution of the water is a major contributing factor before the blooms take place.
        Peace and I hope you are right.

      • unsub unsub

        I share your frustration, but I don't think it is laziness. After twenty years in country I have noticed some consistent behavior in the native population. This culture does not treat failure kindly, so this creates a need to hide failure and an unwillingness to break from the pack and do something different: the idea behind the latter being that if you just do what the person before you did you can not be blamed for something going wrong. So you might have a situation here where everyone knows they need to test the water but no one wants to say it because if the results are bad the person who suggested the test is held responsible.

        See: Ohbuchi, K.-I. and Takahashi, Y. (1994), Cultural Styles of Conflict Management in Japanese and Americans: Passivity, Covertness, and Effectiveness of Strategies. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24: 1345–1366. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1994.tb01553.x

        [ Cool Japan ?]

        • Toadmac

          This sounds very reasonable. There unwillingness to admit failure sounds very plausible yet still inexcusable! Also this would not explain the failure of the rest of the world turning the other way. IMO money talks and bull…… you know the rest. Money is/has destroyed us and from where I'm standing this disaster hasn't changed the way that the mass's think 🙁

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Yes, but what causes red tides?

      Acid Test; The Global Challenge Of Ocean Acidification; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/06/acid-test-global-challenge-of-ocean.html

      Acid Oceans; Why Should We Care? via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/06/acid-oceans-why-should-we-care.html

    • Hi wmilberry! I've been meaning to thank you for your synopsis on the pro-nuclear education fed to Japanese children. I share from Reality Check Radiation Experts Speak frequently. Thank you..

  • From Wikipedia (Red Tide)
    Red tide is a common name for a phenomenon also known as an algal bloom (large concentrations of aquatic microorganisms), an event in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column and results in discoloration of the surface water. It is usually found in coastal areas…

    These algae, known as phytoplankton, are single-celled protists, plant-like organisms that can form dense, visible patches near the water's surface … When the algae are present in high concentrations, the water appears to be discolored or murky, varying in color from purple to almost pink, normally being red or green…

    Some red tides are associated with the production of natural toxins, depletion of dissolved oxygen or other harmful effects, and are generally described as harmful algal blooms. The most conspicuous effects of these kind of red tides are the associated wildlife mortalities of marine and coastal species of fish, birds, marine mammals, and other organisms.

    • richard richard

      thanks wmilberry. yes, sometimes there are existing, historical reasons for these phenomena. It's good to look at other angles. Being one-eyed on any subject can blind us.

  • razzz razzz

    I live in San Diego and have seen red tides in the Pacific during my surfing days way back when but they never stained the beach and were never blood red colored when I saw them.

    Very interesting current events in Japan.

    • snowwy snowwy

      Red tide is a naturally-occurring, higher-than-normal concentration of the microscopic algae Karenia brevis (formerly Gymnodinium breve).

      This organism produces a toxin that affects the central nervous system of fish so that they are paralyzed and cannot breathe. As a result, red tide blooms often result in dead fish washing up on Gulf beaches. When red tide algae reproduce in dense concentrations or "blooms," they are visible as discolored patches of ocean water, often reddish in color.

    • briarpatch

      Yes. We could go on all day about what happened to these poor creatures.
      The definitive answer might lie in "what is the smell like" further away where the land and sea meet onshore with this red substance.
      I noticed the color in the photo here dark red and gripping, whereas photos of red tides are more defined, bright brickish red and not diluted-looking in the manner we see in this photo.

      One schlep to the shoreline and a whiff of the contents and there is no mystery.
      I'm tired of mystery talk and speculation when the matter is one of resolveable cause=effect.

  • Cindy

    I'm going with the thoughts that a vessel dumped their catch, that it did not pass the radiation inspection, and they all died , or they all died in the hold tank of the fishing vessel and were dumped ..

  • Can a fishing vessel hold 200 tons of fish? I think so:

    This guy is looking for a 200MT vessel (MT = metric tons?):

    Doesn't look like red tide to me. It looks like blood in solution.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      My understanding of red tides is that they are usually not visible except for the die offs. In Oregon, during a red tide, the news reports it so that people don't eat the fish or mussels or what have you. They can't tell from the water. But, maybe something has happened that is allowing unusually high concentrations of red algae enough to stain the water? I also like many moons earlier idea of methane leaks from underground earth movement. These will kill instantly.

  • June 8, 2012
    This longitude band is full of hotspots as shown by the Web Fire Mapper:
    for the past week.
    These hotspots have been caused by the surges of water moments applied through the crust of the earth at the hotspots. But in Japan additionally the hotspots have been created by the enormous release of Caesium which releases enormous heat, along with that released by a plethora of radionuclides released. At the ocean level where the sardines usually congregate this became an unbearable situation cooking them outright and killing them. Earthquakes are happening there and the latest was a 5 MM quake. We can expect a major quake there soon, perhaps the peak magnitude quake for the month, on this basis.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      So, R K, are you saying cesium releases into the water from the above ground run-off from Fukushima or releases from contaminated underground water making it's way through fissures opening up during earthquakes?

  • markww markww

    It is from the spread ofradiation

  • Noah

    Stating the Obvious

    It is well known, hemorrhaged blood vessels is one of the indicators of radiation exposure. Could this explain, blood observed in water?

    Blood excretion would be expected per-mortum, while blood is under-pressure and uncoagulated.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      @ Noah..I agree…hemorrhaged blood vessels is one of indictors of radiation exposure.
      This is a different type mass death of fish.. I believe..
      than we have seen before..as far the blood in the water.

  • Regarding the questions and comments raised subsequent to my submission above, the following link is useful to write a brief summary of what might have bloodied the scam:
    and till page 60.
    To get an idea of the bloody situation see what Cs 137 and Sr 90 inside Sardines will cause at
    See how with such forces and powers of internal explosions of radioactive particles, blood vessels easily haemorrage.
    And the nuclear power programmes still go by modelling the internal radiation risk with external irradiation models of ICRP-it is witchcraft at its height.
    Stop nukes or perish with glee.
    All citizens convert facts to value and act to realise value=life in health. The time is now for all of us.

  • I'll bet the birds are having a feast. Uh oh?

    It takes 10 minutes to tell whether something is 'hot' or not.

    The whole we're waiting for the test results excuse, "…has not been confirmed", is a bunch of bunkum.

  • Longjohn119

    I'm sure it's just a coincidence the only place in the entire world this is happening right now is just a little ways south of Fukushima ….

    What's odd is no one even dare hint Fukushima might have something to do with this despite the elevated levels of radiation in neighboring Tokyo ….

    • Yes, this is where we find out how 'brilliant' our earth scientists really are.

      As I said before, we may indeed have a planet full of whizz-kids like Hawking and Michio Kaku but individual whizz-kids with brains fairly pulsating with great and complicated thoughts cannot provide the necessary wisdom to save us. That is, we're smart, but we're not wise.

      Something else is needed, a global wisdom, not individual sparks of ego-brilliance.

      Someone once explained to me that brain-intelligence is only one type of intelligence. There has to be emotional and spiritual intelligence to round it out.

      All we've done is pat ourselves on the back for inventing Pandora's Box then congratulated ourselves further for opening the box and only emitting ostensibly low-levels of planet-wide evil and destruction.

      One is almost tempted to add that we bloody well deserve what we're getting, but I wouldn't go that far. We don't deserve it, and we shouldn't put up with it.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    It's a bit eerie, how we all have just accepted the fact that there is a big information black-out going on. We KNOW that
    'they' probably know what is causing these die-offs and other 'mysteries' – but there is no great outcry of protest over the situation.

    Rather, we meekly accept that we are pretty much on our own to figure it all out as best we can – have been 'thrown to the wolves' as they say.

    One thing that has hardly been mentioned is that most governments are being governed under on-going 'states of national emergency.' Legally there is quite a lot written about this (volumes, actually, I believe).

    Normal government is set aside; govt's powers become virtually unlimited, and any/all disclosure of this and other facts/info to the public becomes optional at best. In the USA, I have read that the govt. under national emergency is run as a de facto military dictatorship under the POTUS as military commander in chief. He has the power of a king, a monarch, to make law by edict or utterance.

    Govts. love all this power and, historically, increasingly have found pretexts to govern under on-going emergency. It is considered optional even to inform the people about this switch in govt. – is not required.

    Of paramount importance is 'preserving the public peace' – even if lying and concealing info from the people is deemed necessary to the preservation of the public peace.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Could this have happened because of the disaster that is happening?
    Very well could be

    Could this have happened because someone dumped their catch?
    Very well could be

    From what I could find the largest holding ship is 140 tons
    It could have been two ships or maybe a ship that was over loaded.


    I think they need testing's to find the cause.

  • yuefo

    I haven't been able to find any additional photos of this phenomenon, which has activated my skeptical radar. Anyone know where more photos can be found?


    HAARP could do this. The energy being directed downwards, and a large school of sardines passes through the field, and you would get this mess. The energy would rupture their internal organs accounting for the large amounts of blood in the waters. Interesting that large quakes occurred in these same waters just the day before they started washing ashore.

  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    1 micro-gram hot particle = 1 Sievert every second forever.

    Ramaswami Kumar

    Great info from the ECRR model. Dr. Chris Busby of the ECRR deserves special credit in this regard. From your posted link, "The dose to the cell then is about 1000 mSv" (= 1 Sievert).

    Of special interest is that this dose is delivered every second for the rest of their lives. Is this too gruesome to even contemplate? Dr. Helen Caldicott coins it best as being diabolical. Please let's get the word out there. How many children, pregnant mothers, and adults have ingested this so far?

    This value of 1 Sievert is also found on the Wolfram Alpha website.To quote "1 Sievert – extremely severe radiation poisoning dose that can cause death without prompt treatment".

    • @TheBowRiver
      June 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm
      Excellent pick. And that is the type of ongoing discussion which will awaken the people out of their deep slumber as Majia points out in the face of the grave digging blackouts:
      Hitting out at Cultivating ignorance: The strategy.

  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver


    There are 2 camps out there. One, the IAEA and all involved in the nuclear industry, is based on lies, greed, power, and arrogance. The other being all of life on this planet (the rest of us).

    With regard to secrecy, we can all appreciate the fact that having an aircraft carrier or other navel vessel powered by a fission reactor is vital. At least until we can harness a fusion reactor.

    Please don't destroy our planets genome in the process.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    OT, but maybe worth listening to is the 'Fukushima' special tomorrow night SAT 6-9 10pm with Gunderson, Blume, Apsley and Dale, on CoasttoCoastam radio. First full radio discussion I've seen during the 14 months:


  • rockster

    Aren't they dumping Fuki-waste in Tokyo bay? Could it cause massive exploding hemotomas?

  • rockster

    It would depend on where sardines are living, not sure they live in the bay. You THINK they would test them by now. More to come for sure.