NBC: Record level of sick or injured California seals and sea lions turning up — “The numbers are extraordinary” — “Scientists worried… The worst kind of perfect storm” — Pups should be weighing 2 or 3 times as much, “severely malnourished” (VIDEO)

Published: April 18th, 2014 at 11:10 pm ET
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NBC Bay Area, Apr. 18, 2014: Seals and sea lions in California are turning up sick or injured at a record pace this year. Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center has more animals in its care right now than ever before in its 39-year history. There are three factors at play: First of all, this is the time of year when pups get stranded or separated from their mothers for an unknown reason. Also last year’s sea lion epidemic sent malnourished, sick pups onto California shores at record levels. On top of that, a Monterey Bay algae bloom is making a lot of animals sick. Experts say it’s creating the worst kind of perfect storm.

NBC Southern California, Apr. 17, 2014: Scientists Worry Sea Lion Epidemic May Return […] Marine scientists are worried about the increasing number of sick, often severely malnourished, sea lions showing up at a San Pedro care facility. […] An increase in the number of stranded sea lion pups in Southern California has scientists and marine mammal experts asking the question, “Could it be happening again?” […] The center was caring for more than 200 mammals Thursday, most of them California sea lion pups. […] During a normal year, in comparison, the center takes in about 250 animals total. […] Experts hope what they were dealing with last year was an anomaly rather than a new normal for California’s sea lion pup population.

Kaitlin Rixon, National Marine Mammal Foundation volunteer: “Right now, when we are doing intake, we are seeing the sea lion pups to be around 20 pounds. They should be around 50 pounds, so they are severely malnourished.”

David Bard, director of Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro: “It was definitely linked to food availability or the distribution of their normal food source last year.[…] Is it related to human activity along the coastline […] or is it something of a natural source?”

Jeff Boehm, Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito: The numbers are extraordinary […] “Out of the gates this year, it’s a record-setting pace. We don’t know what May is going to bring us yet. We don’t what June is going to bring us yet. We’ve had peaks of activity as late as October.”

See also: [intlink id=”l-a-times-alarm-as-west-coast-sardine-crash-likely-radiating-throughout-ecosystem-experts-warn-marine-mammals-and-seabirds-are-starving-may-suffer-for-years-to-come” type=”post”]L.A. Times: Alarming West Coast sardine crash likely radiating through ecosystem — Experts warn marine mammals and seabirds are starving, may suffer for years to come[/intlink]

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  • dosdos dosdos

    No, believe the authorities. There is nothing wrong with the Pacific. Everything is safe. Nothing to worry about. Eat all the seafood you like. Safer than bananas.

  • bo bo

    I'm glad scientists at least have an answer now – it's the algae bloom that's making them sick.

      • Radioactive algae, kelp, etc

        • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

          Algae is VERY radiation sensitive.

          I have seen THICK blooms of it this year in our street gutters here in Oregon.

          So they can blame it on the algae, but it is the FUKI RADIATION that is the direct cause.

          Most plants do not know the difference between the suns radiation and fuki radiation.

          It screws them up when the radiation comes from a location that is not UP. They grow sideways or at an angle trying to point their leafs towards the source.

          Plants are also susceptible to "frying", which happens when Fuki Rads are COMBINED with the normal radiation from the sun. THAT was the reason the mid west corn harvest had trouble in 2011…not the "drought" excuse that was given.

          These are my own observations and conclusions.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        If you do the algebra, it's an algea bloom. Click your heals and say that three times real fast, Dorothy.

    • name999 name999

      bo, peeing in the pool.

  • Last year 70 to 80 percent of the sealion pups were believed to have died in SoCal

    And this spring is worse than spring 2013

    We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of CA sea mammals

    I love sealion. They always look to me like friendly Labradors.

    In La Jolla they reclaimed children's beach. I was happy for them.

  • ftlt

    To me, this is not necessarily all FUFU's fault. We have screwed up the ocean so bad anything could be causing it.

    We are doomed.

    • We Not They Finally

      If the oceans are doomed so arent the rest of us. Once again the reptilians should have the sense to get in their ships and go conquer some other planet.This one is doomed.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      FTLT –

      I'm with you there. When the Tsunami hit Japan, God only knows what kinds of chemicals washed out to sea. There were businesses of every type and tens of thousands households. Each contained toilet cleaner, cleansers, ink cartridges, fluorescent lighting, many tons of batteries, hundreds of thousands of vehicles and all the fuel and pure shit they are lubricated with, the list just goes on and on. Look in your own home, it is full of toxic shit if it got dumped into a river or lake lets say. PLUS the ENTIER NPP and all the lethal shit contained there. Yes, it is no wonder so many animals are sick and dying…..

      • cooterboy

        So right Saint Paul.

        On the Washington State coast there is tons of junk coming ashore and some of it is huge, like boats and barges. Inside of these boats are sea life foreign to our coastal waters. They will have an impact on our sea life.

        The bio magnification from the small to the large would include radioactivity and chemicals.

        Peace,

      • ftlt

        St Paul: It all over the world. Look at what we are doing everywhere. The images from space at night ought to tell everyone we are living far beyond pale.

        FUFU as bad as it is – is still a relatively small part of the problem.

        We are literally tearing the planet's surface apart and a large percentage of these activity's effluents are winding up in the ultimate sink – the oceans. Now more and more over the last 50 years, we have begun to mine the oceans themselves – insane.

        Water is the universal solvent that carries nearly everything if touches with it.

        Add man made climate change ocean temperature rise and co2 acidification, they must be have huge impacts on the toxic soup our oceans are turning into.

        The bottom line is industrial age man's activities are out of balance with the maintenance of a steady state biosphere – that we require to survive as a species.

        We have shit all over ourselves for too long now.

        Listened to a famous rock climber the other day on NPR. He said, he was a blooming environmentalist on the side. Everything he did environmentally was based on massive movements of people and equipment to "COOL" "ECO Places". He clearly didn't get it – that he and his lifestyle was the problem not solution.

        Example – The modern jet tourist and business travel industry is insane. Why? What it takes to accomplish it is a massive crime against nature. It like FUFU is killing the seals.

        FUFU is just part of the problem

      • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

        BINGO!

        Fukushima Daiichi ALONE has the ability to lead to the extinction of much more than just mankind…but it is only ONE issue among thousands of such things, perpetuated by billions of people throughout the globe.

        Most people don't realize that a tsunami–especially of the magnitude on 3/11–was historically a life-GIVING event!

        Even just three hundred years ago, the same tsunami would have brought enough organic material inland to support life on that land in mega-abundance for thousands of years. It is the very EXISTENCE of modern man that makes such an event filthy beyond imagining.

        Most people don't realize that they are responsible for such things. They don't realize that if they bought something, they supported it, and therefore are existentially responsible for all of its damage.

        There is only redemption to hope for…and it is not given for free; it must be earned.

        I don't think any of us will be "saved" unless we prove with our actions that we are worth saving.

  • GQR2

    They are all burnt are these people out of their minds. Didn't they remember the Lame Stream Time Line – Its radiation you idiots!! Has anybody tested them. RAIDS,burns,disorientation and beaching themselves. Good grief. – we are witnessing an extinction and these Nimrods are blaming it on Algae. When they are gone will they be baffled? mystified,befuddled,uncertain, One thing for sure they are clueless now.

    • lickerface lickerface

      It's simply propaganda as usual with these lamestreamers. I'm sure actual human experts say radiation is the source of the illness, but this is NBC here. They omit the truth as usual. I know this for fact because of how they purposely defamed an industry I am on the front. I have witnessed legislation occurring from media "facts" as backing. Not many know that the media makes up a lot of stuff, but even less understand how government policy is actually derived from such "news". NBC appears to not have a real clue when it's a Fuku ordeal, but they'll have no problem confidently fear mongering when a "new" medicinal plant "from the streets is killing your children", even if it means blatantly lying about fictitious individuals interviewed, twisting the truth, and making up completely bogus statistics. In my industry, we view lamestream media as an extension of the corporations and governments up to the U.N. level. If they publish false text in other areas, chances are that you cannot put trust in what they say regarding Fukushima. I'd say 90% of what NBC, CBS, FOX, and of course an6 CBS Local said about my industry was a blatant lie via yellow vomit journalism, so apply this formula to everything you read. It is still extremely important to read what these misinformation agents have to say though, because it gives you a hint of what they do NOT want you to know, how to think, etc.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      GQR2 – Don't let the fact that the 'experts' play dumb fool you. They know exactly what is killing these animals. They can autopsy any animal they want and can detect thing down to parts per trillion. They know full well what is happening but don't want to trigger panic and a massive exodus from the west coast. Can't have the money spigot turned off…..

  • mairs mairs

    Caring for them. Do we ever hear the results of them being taken care of at the Marine Mammal Center? Do they survive or die? In what numbers? Do they return surviving ones to the ocean and do those live?

    • GQR2

      They had a clip of one romping back to the sea,kind of an all's well video segment,but honestly looking at those emaciated sea lions- so many of them and the burned ones could not help but think of euthinization.
      Many of them surely will be,they aren't telling that part of the story.

  • razzz razzz

    A general malaise of the Pacific. Kinda sneaks up on you like radiation poisoning. Seals don't even have to suffer directly from radiation, just their food source(s) has to die off resulting in malnutrition up the food chain.

  • Jebus Jebus

    If only these creatures could communicate to us.

    Unfortunately, they don't speak human.

    If they could, this is what they would say…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLZ_Zy1VhMI

    • name999 name999

      jebus, that is cool.

    • jec jec

      There was a story from a sea captain whose boat was approached by whales. These were whales which came up, looked at people intently and chirped into the cameras. Do you think they were trying to warn us? Of course, the poor animals could not know WE were the cause of the disaster! This is a one two punch extinction..first from air..then from the sea. The new dumping of high level radioactive materials into the ocean from Fukushima will be the final chapter for the sea mammals.

      I still dont know how the Japanese government and their TEPCO thugs get away with NOt MEASURING AND REPORTING all the radioactive products in the water they are dumping. It really does not matter if on purpose, on accident, its still going into the ocean!! Stronium 90..Plutonium and more..the horrors of the nulear age.

  • Graham Brimhall Graham Brimhall

    One would think with the stories posted here on ENENews, of an almost non-existent sardine population out of Northern California last fall, sea stars melting into piles of goo and Cesium found in kelp beds up and down the CA coast, some of these "scientists" would put two and two together…

    • dosdos dosdos

      There's no money in it…..

      • Graham Brimhall Graham Brimhall

        Right you are twotwo, look at who's funding the guys from WHOI (Buesseler), U.C. Berkeley (Vetter) and all the other "Experts", the payroll of the NOAA, DOE, EPA, FDA, etc. runs deep and wide. They cry that they have no money to do their "testing for the people", It's all a sham, so they take real money from hard working, concerned citizens to test pacific waters and kelp for radiation and these people think they're going to get real results. How can we possibly trust the outcomes of these programs, they haven't told us the truth so far, why would they start now?

        • name999 name999

          maybe they might start now.

          • GQR2

            you think so 999? i don't, nope they're doubling down on the harmlessness of Radiation. This is only proof – all the sick emaciated Sea Lions and they don't mention the word Radiation Fukushima the plume or any other Nuclaer Reactors gushing contaminated water directly into the Seas and the Rivers.
            Its unconscionable they don't mention this. Its disgusting and a disgrace to human intelligence these scientists are not only hushed but can and do boldly lie about Radiation sickness and death of the entire Food Chain including us humans, for a buck or two.

            • lickerface lickerface

              This is what I'm talking about above. The fact they don't admit the OBVIOUS is further proof of the seriousness. When they report one thing, it means the opposite. Fukushima is never mentioned, so it's the big thing they don't want readers to know is the true reason.

  • rogerthat

    NBC: ''There are three factors at play''. No mention of radiation.

    David Bard, director of the San Pedro Sea Mammal Centre: "If we see the same sort of thing this year, well, we are certainly hoping it's on a downward trend."

    What will they say when one day no malnourished pups are washed up any more? Hooray, all's well?

    • Sol Man

      At this point, David, if they don't wash up it will be because they are all gone.

      That "downward trend" is our very own trajectory that we have manufactured and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

  • Mack Mack

    Remember that an "Unusual Mortality Event" was declared for sea lions by NOAA in April 2013.

    To date the cause is still "undetermined" and NOAA hasn't updated any information since May 2013.

    They were going to test for radionuclides and said results would be available in 1-3 months.

    That was over a year ago.

    • sentinelle sentinelle

      That's pretty telling! You'd think that if NOAA had an opportunity to clearly show it wasn't Fuku related they would.

      • tsfw tsfw

        Sentinelle it has been this way when they said they were testing the whales, starfish, polar bears, salmon, tuna, sardines, and hey whatever happened with the conjoined whales? We didn't even really get a befuddled or baffled out of that. Had the tourist not posted the video on youtbe, we'd not even know about it. Makes you wonder huh.

        • sentinelle sentinelle

          It's sad Tsfw. They are counting on people who are not paying attention to assume that since they have heard no more about it that everything is under control and nothing alarming to report in the results. Nothing to see here… That's why it's so important we all keep paying attention. Awareness is a quiet but powerful form of activism.

        • name999 name999

          tsfw, befuddled or baffled.

    • bo bo

      Mack says – 'They ( scientists ) were going to test for radionuclides and said results would be available in 1-3 months….That was over a year ago.'

      http://www.rense.com/general95/sanofre.html

      Yoichi Shimatsu is a journalists but last year took radiation measurements of the dead sea lions on the beache San Diego and measured high readings near the heart and the liver organs.

      He actually suspected a combination of San Onofre, Hanford and Fukushima ( Fuku Fordfre)

    • jec jec

      HECK we have been waiting for the radioactive report from the University of Alaskas testing of the seals/sea lions for SEVERAL YEARS NOW. I guess DOE/EPA really does not want this information out to the public!!! Dont hold your breath for the California tests..oh..wait..they will test.then say they dont have the right machines to measure radiation!! That was the excuse of the U of Alaska when queried..so why did THEY GET THE CONTRACT? To keep the public quiet…..A refund is definately required. Or legal action under the fraud waste and abuse act at a minimum.

  • Comment left at Japan Times

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/16/national/critics-hit-nuke-power-justification/#.U1H871fZRJJ

    Nuclear electricity, in the most rosy best case scenario, considering no accident and no problems with long term storage is around 62 Yen to 92 Yen per kWH.

    It is the most expensive power we could conceive of, its only purpose is to create big projects in which economic hitmen can profit, and to produce plutonium.

    Look at Fukushima another way. It will cost around $60T Yen for the cleanup, not included cost to society, lost wages, lost production from land, lost productivity from sickness, costs of testing for radiation, costs of fighting disease.

    The total product (electricity sales produced from nuclear are about 4T Yen, of which 3.6TY are real costs, thus .4T Yen of value added by using the plants (if all the plants were running)

    How long does it take for the value added of the nuclear system to equal the cost of 1 big accident. Divide 60T Yen by .4 T Yen =

    150 years of perfect operation to make up for 1 big accident, to break even. Does this technology even deserve a second glance? No it does not.

    meanwhile solar is down to as low as 3 cents per kWH.

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/p/renewable-and-energy-efficiency.html

    • m a x l i

      I just love that kind of photographs like the one in the The Japan Times. They illustrate the validity of all the comparisons about the dangers or non-dangers of radiation usually coming from industry-connected speakers.

      Obviously, those IAEA guys in the photograph did not yet find the time to strip off those protective suits and gas masks, after they just seconds ago left the airplane in which they arrived and in which, to make matters worse, had a banana for breakfast, and, to make it even more worse, were forced to sit in very close bodily proximity to each other for many hours.

      If The Japan Times had provided us with more photographs, we could see how, shortly afterwards, the IAEA delegation members will free themselves off that unpleasant gear and take a leisurely stroll in t-shirt and shorts around the perfectly safe Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in cold shutdown.

    • name999 name999

      stock, really…thank you.
      Reliable for looking after the public good. Grateful for leaders in dfficult times.

    • jec jec

      Not to worry, Stock. The US government, with backing from the pro-nuclear lobby, is looking at ways to TAX solar energy (from the Sun as owned by our government) to make sure solar stays expensive. And make nuclear power "look" attractive.

      Guess Fukushima has not taught the government anything but better ways to extend taxes to get more money. They need more money to pay for the health care of a general public getting sick from radiation caused illnesses…(just plug in the country name of choice..).

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      stock, where is your comment at Japan Times?

  • tsfw tsfw

    This is how I know there's no god. Free will? Okay so humans have free will, but the animals didn't sign up for any of it. I can imagine a god that would let us suffer the ramifications of our own actions, but I don;t want to know a god who would give us the capacity to harm his innocent creatures. Poor things, no escape, no understanding, just suffering. Our karma is gonna be a real bitch.

    • Its a test and we are failing

    • Sol Man

      We will not be long, nor will we be back.

      • earthsmith earthsmith

        The beautiful biengs that we call animals,creatures….they understand. Just listen, they have been making noise for decades. They look to us with pained eyes just as we look to our governments and masses…..the irony is vastly symbolic. The silence will be thunderous. The being that is referred to as human and that has let the power of shiny metals and smelly paper construct them are the ones who have lost the way of understanding. The downslope begins.

  • Socrates

    What we are witnessing is a collapse of the marine food web. Last summer, we saw the pups on the beach, small for their age, and left to die. Earlier this Spring, I took some video of sea lions in La Jolla.

    With all due respect, I see many surfers in black wetsuits where there used to be black seals and sea lion s 60 years ago. The surfers think they are so cool but it is a tale of one species crowding out all others. I am actually pissed off that humans have little to no regard for the marine environment. The more people, the fewer animals since people screw up everything. No offense, but I'd trade all the surfer dudes for the seals I used to see at Wind 'n Sea in the late fifties. I used to surf myself. The ocean is a big toxic waste dump today.

    Testing sea food and fish oil for methyl-mercury and PCBs and DDT would freak you out without all the radiation. The algae species have changed too.

    • Socrates

      If people had any idea of the changes in the ocean before Fukushima, it would be apparent that Fukushima was the last nail in the coffin. By 2010, things were on life support from dumping, fertilizers, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, trash, plastics, daming of rivers and so much over-fishing. Storm drains and sewage, hospital waste, dead pigs and cows…. the list goes on. This is the final straw.

      • wa6smn wa6smn

        I maintained the electronics on the fishing boats (1977 to 1980). It was apparent at that time that yields from fishing was dropping hard. Owners were on bended knee in the VP's office to defer billing for elecronics repair due to failing catches. I moved on to PacBell in May 1980. The fishing fleet headed to New Zealand with many of my former co-workers following the boats to make a living. It was a dying business by 1980. Just observe how few boats remain in San Diego harbor.

      • vital1 vital1

        North Pacific Ocean water is now a mixture of toxic chemicals, and a verity of Radioactive isotopes, not just Cesium! Tritium and I-129 could have serious effects on marine animal, and fish reproduction.

        All this weakens the immune systems of animals and humans, we could see viruses that would normally be under check become more infectious, or mutation of a viruses strain into more infectious strains.

        The Toxicity multiplying effect.

        A single toxin in the environment can be a hazard, and maybe an organism's
        natural biological defense systems can deal with this effectively. If an
        organism has other toxins present radiological and chemical, to deal with at the same time, you get a biological toxicity multiplying effect. The human or animal defense systems becomes weaker the more toxins it has to deal with.

        System overload, fighting to many battles on to many fronts at the same time!

        In the long term more human and animal life may die from the indirect effects of the radioactive contamination, as a result of the weakened immune systems, or from virus mutations. Hence the wide spread animal die off reports.

      • Angela_R

        The dumping of radioactive waste into the ocean had occurred for many decades prior to 2010. By 2008 40% of the phryoplankton was dead. Since then, leaks have continued and waste from some nuclear plants is still being deposited by piping directly into the ocean.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhPndLmpAQ I am unaware of the toxicity and the amount.

        All rivers lead eventually to the sea. Many nuclear plants inn the world are near a river or the ocean.

        Re: Fukushima
        "GE Engineers and American Government Officials warned of Dangerous Nuclear Design"
        http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-general-electric-knew-its-nuclear-reactor-design-was-unsafe-so-why-isnt-ge-getting-any-heat-for-fukushima/5361300

    • mairs mairs

      I spent most of my free time in the ocean of Southern California in the 60's. I remember the gunk that would wash up back then. We would keep a can of Energine handy to get the tar off of our feet, so oil was being spilled somewhere. And one time there was an invasion of bubbly and flat plastic disks that looked like some sort of liquified plastic had been poured into the sea and then solidified into flat blobs. Humans have been dumping stuff into the ocean for a long time.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    STUPID UNNEEDED NUCLEAR IS DOING THIS . . .

    Ill sea lions, added to the list of other sick and dying marine life in the Pacific.

    Continuing, growing, spreading, with no end in sight.

  • Sparky Sparky

    Emaciated, exhausted and disoriented sea lion pup with open sores found wandering in Central California Almond Orchard on Tuesday. [Note: that's about 90 miles inland.]

    “Hoppie” is now recuperating at the Marine Mammal Center, eating 5 pounds of fish per day and getting ‘round the clock care, soon to be released back into the Pacific Ocean.

    "Hoppie is a very lucky sea lion in so many ways"

    http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/04/15/3879589/little-lost-sea-lion-was-found.html?sp=/99/406/263/

  • https://www.princeton.edu/sgs/publications/sgs/archive/17-2-3-Mark-vonHip-Lyman.pdf

    Princeton study, not too hard to read.

    Plutonium from reactors are very similar to "weapons grade" and the difficulty in making plutonium from reactors blow up real good are similar to making a weapons grade plutonium blow up. No big difference.

    • name999 name999

      pu-239…like cesium 137…very bad.

    • jec jec

      (MOX) "Reactor-grade plutonium with any level of IRRADIATION is a potentially explosive material"

      Also noted the GOOD news..in 14.7 years some of the PU-241 will change to AM-241 which is NOT as explosive.

      Note also, this good news about the MOX fuel used, "MOX-grade over
      eight times larger (heat and explosive results) than that from the weapons-grade material" The report goes on to say the 'weapons' grade material is 'handled normally'… Scary to realize the creation of MOX is a concentrated form of a nuclear bomb weapon..by a factor of 8 or more in power and by factors of thousands based on sheer physical volume of a nuclear reactors fuel load…

  • Ontological Ontological

    That piss hole in the snow melted this year, will it next? The methane blast in the artic froze the Great Lakes big time. This effect will be worse as time goes on while they frack the shit out of the north American plate. The strain on Earth has caused her to shudder. Once she tries to shed us like fleas on a wet shaking dog, that will be the point where the methane hydrate layer can't take any more disturbance.
    Algae bloom is usually from warm water, I wonder if the heat from FUKU etc. particulates are causing them to thrive? Self heating algae for the new ice age, hmmm. Add a splash of Am 241 PU 239, and spiced Devil's brew for all, with a blast of dragon's breath of death.

    Oxygen reports from the last few months right now would interest me more than radiation levels. I cannot find much info on what radiation in algae does to the oxygen it produces from photosynthesis, as Tritium levels exponentially increase things may get tricky when it comes to radioactive oxygen in the sugar cycle. Messing with the mass weights of oxygen may be a very fatal mistake. The fate of the oxygen atoms in such a messed up hydrogen environment will probably be to become unstable. Even a space suit is looking inadequate for protection as of late.

    • jec jec

      The northern lights COLORS give an idea of the junk.chemicals in the atmosphere..along with the Blood Moon red color…from last Tuesday, April 15, lunar eclipse and shadow.

      • bo bo

        From Kurosawa's 'Dreams' (thanks to pinksailmat)

        Nuclear power plant is exploding, and an engineer explains the colors of the sky
        ( this part of the movie has been pulled from Youtube recently)

        "The clouds…the RED one…it's Plutonium 239. One ten millionth of a gram causes CANCER.The YELLOW one is Strontium 90. It gets inside you and causes LEUKEMIA.The PURPLE one is Cesium 137. It affects reproduction. It causes mutations. It makes MONSTROSITIES!"

    • Sol Man

      You have brought up two things that I thought about this morning shortly after sunrise, looking east. My thought instantly was: look metalized clouds/atmosphere and is so much like a pool of white hot metal (atomic and sub-atomic particulates?!) I made the mental notation and will be checking further, but it was a sunrise the likes of which I had not seen before. I have been an early riser forever and have seen many sunrises.
      Check it out to see if you agree.

    • Angela_R

      "Add a splash of Am 241 and Pu 239"
      I understand that initially the separation of curium and americium was so painstaking that those elements were initially called by the Berkley group pandemonium (from the Greek for all the demons or hell*) and delirium (from Latin for madness).
      * place of demons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americium

      So they referenced
      Pluto ………. the god of the underworld
      pandemonium ………. the place of demons
      and delirium……… madness

      sounds like they were correct

    • Angela_R

      Unaware of current levels of oxygen, but here is an article written in 2008. It was stated then, that the oxygen level had fallen by 30% since 1980 (I can recall reading that there had been a 40% decline from 1950). I notice there is no linking to the nuclear process. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/aug/13/carbonemissions.climatechange

      Here is another http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/04/1243700/-The-Oceans-are-Dying-Oxygen-is-depleting-Acidity-is-Rising-at-Fastest-Rate-in-300-000-000-Years

      maybe we could make our own oxygen

      • Ontological Ontological

        A-RM indeed, oxygen has been ion the decline for nearly 40 years, and why it is so concerning now. Some data would be nice. Not sure but Rose or perhaps Anne may have posted some data on oxy reductions in the Pacific. Scary what I have learned about introducing radioactive oxygen to the photosynthesis cycle. Add Tritium in the water involved and all bets are basically off for continued production of clean oxygen. Plant trees, flowers, or whatever is pretty and oxygen productive. We may be forced to stop deforestation also. Too late for that I fear however. Sol Man the "metallic' sheen was hugely visible from the air the last time I flew to UCLA for cancer follow up. It was so sad I have not returned for my yearly, and I probably will not go back. Also the moon eclipse had some disturbing shadow banding, we have DESTROYED our atmosphere! I have watched solar/lunar eclipses all my life, and never have I seen it been so bad!

  • American Phoenix57

    Dying to live: Global cooling scheme increases dangerous seafood toxin that destroys kidney function

    http://www.naturalnews.com/044668_global_cooling_seafood_toxins_iron_seeding.html

    Fake atomic power scam + fake global warming scam + fake mainstream media scam = Global Genocide.

  • Daisy207

    There will probably be no reports when PEOPLE start getting sick in large numbers on the west coast or simply start dropping dead. Leukemia rates will rise and so will still births, skin cancers, anemia and many other illnesses – soon reproduction will cease as fertility rates will fall. We are at the three year mark of exposure – from now on its up hill – the real estate will collapse on the west coast as will the fishing industry – but then these people will be too sick to fish anyway. People on the west coast won't be able to move because they are too sick and the medical facilities will be overwhelmed. Then the personnel treating the sick will be sick and then there will be no medical facilities to go to. All this funny money everyone keeps chasing will soon be obsolete – as has all types of money in the history of the world. Within five years Japan will be nothing more than a nuclear dump – I don't know when they are going to realize that they have to evacuate Japan. But then who is going to take in all those sick people.

  • GQR2

    hmmm a few comments back Jebus posted this really really cool song by OMNIA called I Don't Speak Human. There is no way to get back to that link – a slight glitch in the matrix or maybe we all just talk too much. Jebus if you are around maybe he who looka lika man can re-post it.

    • Jebus Jebus

      The scales of life can not be balanced by human intervention.

      The beam will tilt heavily towards death, until the thief slides off the platform, into the abyss.

      The force of life that remains will find peace again.

      Humans can only survive as a guest upon this host.

      The rest of the creatures know this without forethought.

      We humans have worn out out our welcome. We think too much.

      Here is nature's message again.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLZ_Zy1VhMI

      Here it is spelled out for humans who don't listen…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk_2LA0KJ9c

      • jimbob jimbob

        I have a lot of experience with intelligent creatures, when I was lonely and alone I spent many a day fishing with a Loon who had lost his mate.

        He would come up beside me on the dock if I was there fly fishing or swim beside me if in my canoe.

        Oftentimes he would be so close I could reach out and touch him if I was so inclined, I never did.

        He would often look at me and chatter but of course I never knew what he was trying to say, I wonder if they think we are stupid!

        This wasn't just one summer but over the course of several years, he was a friend and I appreciated his company and I think he appreciated mine.

        At the same lake in the wintertime when ice fishing I had a bald eagle that would come visit with me as I had been throwing suckers onto the ice for it.

        At first the bird would be very cautious about coming to get the fish I threw out for him but later he would land several feet away and wait for his treat.

        Many years later I had moved to Vancouver Island and took up gardening, as I was turning the soil there was always a Robin that came to see me because I was turning up worms for it to feed on.

        If I sat down to long to rest it would hop over to me and chirp as if saying "get back to work I need more worms" it would come within foot or two of me I think it knew I meant it no harm.

        My wife died last month and my cats are still asking for her, the male is very vocal and he asks for "Ma" all day it is the vocalization he used when…

        • jimbob jimbob

          cont.
          bringing her a ball, he never said that to me before she died, now he walks all around the house saying it, he misses her as much as I do.

          I saw an eagle take a young Raven in my parents back yard in Nanaimo one day a few years ago, the crying and caterwauling of the flock that showed up went on for hours, I had never seen anything like it.

          I have been face to face with a bear a couple of times, fortunately both times we both turned and ran!

          Once I was walking past The College of New Caledonia in PG and a fox limped up to me, he may have been hit by a car or shot with a pellet and he was obviously asking for help.

          Unfortunately all I could do was talk softly to him and offer him comfort, I talked to him for several minutes before he limped away.

          Several times I have had to capture hummingbirds in my hands to release them from inside the house, every time I opened my hands to let tem go they have sat on my palm looking at me as if to say "thank you"

          I am not native but I have several totems, the Loon, the Eagle, the Raven, the Bear, the Wolf and the Fox.

          Perhaps in honor of my wife I should add the Hummingbird and the Wasp.

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            jimbob..beautiful! 🙂 You are a gifted person.

            • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

              Agreed. I could read bits like that all day long. It warms the heart and soul to know people do care about our friends.

              Thanks Jimbob

              • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

                Thank you jimbob fore the good vibes , and my condolences to you for losing your wife .

                • jimbob jimbob

                  Thank you for the kind thoughts but I have not lost my wife, she is just leading the way for me I will join her in the not to distant future.

                  When I died in March 2008 I went straight to Lois's bed, she gave me shit and told me to get back to my body.

                  Being a good husband I did what I was told.

                  The doctors thought they had saved my life but I know it was Lois.

                  It was 2am and Lois felt me in bed with her, she could feel me and I was cold as hell, I know nothing of this, no memory of dying.

                  That was exactly the time they lost me at the hospital and put me back into emergency surgery.

                  I know this has nothing to do with Fukushima but I was on my cell phone over 12 hrs. a day and the cancer was on the right side of my tongue the side of my face, where I always held my phone.

                  I guess my point is death is not all it is made up to be and there is no safe levels of radiation.

                  Also my mouth cancer was blamed on my smoking NOT my cell phone usage, funny I no longer use the cell phone but I still smoke and I have been declared cancer free.

                  I may have mentioned this before but my Sweet William Carnations went absolutely crazy after FU. They have gone from essentially ground cover to 12 to 18" flowers.

                  I am in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island BC and we got hit fairly hard with the fallout.

                  There were a couple of years that we had very few birds, thankfully they seem to be coming back this year.

      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        Awesome song Jebus !

  • Mack Mack

    –> In April 2013, NOAA said this:

    “RADIATION (Radionuclides): Currently, preliminary results confirm cesium 137 levels in one healthy and four UME seals are similar to cesium 137 levels in Alaskan seals sampled during the mid – 1990’s. Testing of the remaining three seal samples for gamma analysis is ongoing. Muscle tissue sampling and analyses for UME and healthy seals will continue during 2013.”

    alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/…/ice/diseased/ume_update0413.pdf

    –> In February 2014, this update was given:

    “Testing continues for a wide range of possible factors in this disease, including immune system-related diseases, fungi, man-made and bio-toxins, radiation exposure, contaminants, and other stressors related to sea ice change. Scientists are investigating the possibility that radiation could have been one of many factors that contributed to the illness in these animals. Preliminary radionuclide testing conducted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks found radiation levels within the typical background range.”

    http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seals/ice/diseased/default.htm

    No numbers/levels given just vague "typical background range" and "mid-1990" levels.

    • Mack Mack

      –> It all started in July 2011, which puts it in the range of Fukushima radiation being the cause of the sick seals and walruses (in my humble estimation) —>

      “… July 2011, subsistence hunters from Barrow, Alaska began reporting a number of ringed seals (Phoca hispida) either hauling out on land or washing up dead across the North Slope of Alaska. Live seals appeared weak, lethargic, often had labored breathing, and typically lacked a normal flight response when approached. Other reported symptoms included alopecia (patchy to extensive hair loss), sloughing of skin at the base of the tail, and ulcerated skin lesions on the face, flippers and scattered across their body. Since these early observations similar symptoms have been reported in ringed seals, spotted seals (Phoca largha) and bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus), in the Bering Strait region of Alaska and Chukotka (only ringed seals). Clinical and pathological investigation of potential disease agents in sampled seals and walruses from the region is ongoing. Preliminary diagnostics indicate a virus is probably not the primary cause of the observed symptoms. Testing continues for a wide range of possible factors that may be responsible for the animals’ condition.”

      http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/walrus/disease_investigation.htm

    • The key word is 'gamma analysis'.. ok, but of what, and how did you do it, with what kind of equipment?

      Also, did you look for plutonium specifically?

      Plutonium is an alpha emitter, and is not detectable with gamma analysis.

      Finally, what were the 90's radiation readings specifically, of what kind of isotopes?

      What are the radiation readings now, of what kinds of isotopes?

      This is not a scientific report. It is a whitewashing attempt.

      It only took about a year to come out, which says something all by itself.

    • GQR2

      This should be good. Maybe he and Abe-baby will sit down and have some sushi from Fukushima. Take a tour,give the workers some recognition? Talk about trade is more like it, and how the u.s. pledges to stand behind Japan and import foods well above any known safety standard prior to the Fukushima Explosions and Melt Down(s)

  • tsfw tsfw

    I bet he brings his own meals.

  • Socrates

    Human impacts on the deepsea ecosystems involves three major areas:

    DISPOSAL: sewage, dredge, pharmaceuticals, low level radioactive waste, radionuclides, chloroflourocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, munitions, litter, and wrecks.

    EXPLOITATION: Fossil fuels, pipelines, mining, trawling, ghost fishing, longlining, underwater cables, science, acoustics.

    CLIMATE: Warming temperatures, acidification, deep circulation shutdown, regional circulation change, hypoxia, stratification, nutrient loading.

    Synergism among anthropogenic impacts on deep-sea habitats is provided by http://www.plosone.com "Man and the Last Great wilderness: Human Impacts on the Deepsea. Syndeep Workshop (2008).

    There has been further damage to the deep sea environments since 2008 resulting in cascading effects. Too many humans with too many bad habits. One is a function of the other. Factors operate synergistically.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      But these current dire synergistic situations/events are supposedly all called progress? We all promote and pay trillions to educate all these specific people creating these synergistic situations/events?

      Catch-22

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    These are the things I don't eat any longer: Anything from California (wine, rice and all produce etc.). Anything from Japan.
    Anything from the Pacific Ocean though you have to wonder if they are already labeling Pacific salmon as Atlantic salmon. This would be a eentsy beentsy white lie comparatively.

    I cannot say the same for the rest of my family. Like so many ugly realities they tend to view it as an abstraction, perhaps because it is just too awful to accept. Not unlike my fatalistic view of human nature and the place humanity finds itself these days.

    • lickerface lickerface

      How are you able to avoid Cali produce? In our grocery stores in Austin and Round Rock, the labels were all adjusted last year to omit the state that they were grown. It now all says Product of USA, with only an address of the local distributor. I avoid all produce because most of it likely comes from Cali. SORRY, Florida, I can't be sure those oranges are yours anymore.

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    Oh yeah, if you want to space out and relax this weekend, stream some of this:

    https://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-05.sbd.miller.96540.sbeok.flac16

    Treating your ears like the little sluts they are is relatively inexpensive……

  • Shaker1

    One can imagine that the game of sitting in a circle, a whisper is placed in an ear to be passed to the next in the circle, and to the next, with the last whisper at completion of its round compared for amusement to the original, is an ancient one played around paleolithic fires. Everyone laughs, and it's so amusing it's played again…With instances such as the sea lions, I might hope each of us would have the concept and desire to consider an attempt to be the second in that circle to hear to direct whisper rather than expect a great prize to be at the end of a circular trail of cold scat.

    I'll allow humanity to those who will examine these (and other) animals quite literally to death, but damn them being so informed and still pontificating over dessicated shit, expecting their hunger to be satisfied at the next pile they find. Say out loud what is whispered to you rather than being afraid of spoiling the game.

    • Nice picture. Those in the circle with kinky disposition may occasionally lick each other's phone charger (not over-intensely, of course, to minimize the risk of spontaneous spills of radiation). 😉

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    Oops!! ( good thing I'm not a plant operator ) this is the show I was thinking of: https://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-06.fob.kaslow.kasper.sirmick.77457.flac16

    It's downloadable too!

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Humans were very well treated by the "savage wild beasts"; wild dolphins saved their sorry asses, gorillas left them alone, even sharks rarely made the bite, Dogs and seals and cats loved us for some reason, and rattle snakes and scorpions kept to themselves. In return we ATE 90% of the fish in the ocean (links to studies already given), murdered elephant, rhino and gorilla for tusks and hands (gorilla hand ash trays), put animals in viewing prisons for our entertainment (zoo), and "farmed" chickens, pigs and cows in nightmare slaughter camps straight out of some sick sci fi movie. We just now admitted animals have consciousness…(double doh). Frankly, Im not too concerned about saving the human race, but Im sorry for the others…

    • Where can I subscribe ? Actually, my feeling of concern and responsibility to save at least the species we have not killed so far from being brought to death even when man has vanished – namely by leaving behind that unspeakable nuclear waste wherever you look – is what keeps me alive.
      🙁

      • And I may add: I see absolutely no future for man. The point in time when mankind took a wrong direction towards the fatal developments resulting in the mess we see now (but which became already apparent by the end of the 19th century) is so far back in the past that any roll-back attempts (should they ebentually be undertaken, what I doubt) are going to fail by lack of time. As with the growth of financial debt*, the events of collapse everywhere in the ecosystem around us will occur faster and faster at exponential speed. In the end, it will be over "surprisingly" quickly, yet in an extremely ugly fashion.

        *in German, the word for "debt" ("Schuld") also means "guilt". Strange coincidence, isn't it ?

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Man should have been named..pigs. 🙁

  • tsfw tsfw

    Fingers X one of these doesn't hit you know where …or any of the other hundred or so plants on the planet:

    http://rt.com/news/meteorite-murmansk-explosion-space-588/

  • Mack Mack

    Makes you wonder if one day man will only be able to survive by living in "biodomes."

    http://gizmodo.com/the-controversial-story-of-a-real-life-biodome-in-the-a-511412851

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Seems this will happen if we do not change our ways…do you think man can change his ways?

      The future does not look very promising.. 🙁

    • Ontological Ontological

      Mad Max. Live on scrounged tech for a hundred years or so before slipping back to the cave days. Not such a bad threat for humans. De evolve to a few, and re evolve into a much smarter race. This seems to have happened many times, and in many places in our rather sorted, and it would appear preplanned past.

  • Sol Man

    Please now put down the trance and walk toward the sun.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Yummy! Now I know why my sheep would not eat the several leafs of Romain lettuce I tossed to them. 🙁

      Certainly might be a coverup for the Nuclear Waste Contamination now happening in all of our oceans.

      Radiation is a DNA scrambler and at some point expect these bacteria and viruses to scramble on the fly…

    • GQR2

      http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Story?id=2464943&page=1

      How food processors process the "feed" they recognize as safe (that's a laugh) really is haphazard. Solution grow as much food as you can,raise your own meat.(like that's possible for many) These humans have lost any concern for the health and well being of the humans that buy the food.

      Just like a huge feed lot the food processors with little to no regulation mess around with the food. It will look good but its been handled so poorly. These days its eat at your own risk. The processed foods cause tumors,obesity,neurological damage to embryos AND now add some nice ionizing radiation.
      a sickening state of affairs.

      • jimbob jimbob

        Well I had a long well thought out response to this but I lost it all somehow unfortunately.

        Short form here is I can provide all vegetables, meat and eggs I need from my back yard and the ocean just down the block.

        I won't eat the chickens though as my Lois used to name them all and loved to see me chasing them when they got out of the run.

        On the other hand I will harvest the deer she would never let me hunt while she was alive. The damn things are all over the back 40 and we need 12 foot fences around all our gardens.

        After a year of gardening "Don't hurt the Bunny" became kill the rabbit.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Well, I ate the lettuce, so you would be correct! 🙂

  • tsfw tsfw

    Is anyone else here just dying for a stir fry and rice. I miss soya sauce and arroz.

  • jimbob jimbob

    I am older and ready to die, I have no fear of it and actually look forward to the day I can join my dear Lois.

    But I cry every day for the children that have not had a chance to live their life yet.

    Lois and I loved to watch the neighbors girls grow up, we have been here for 8 years and I think the girls are now something like 13 and 11 years old.

    My landlord's son lives in California and I told him that if the shit hits the fan in Fuko I would let him know so he could get the children and grandchildren to Argentina.

    He asked me if South Africa was a viable option if it all went to hell, he didn't for one second argue about how bad it might be, he took my word for it.

    I normally don't go on about my fears as most people just give me a blank look and say so what it's 10,000 kilometers away why should we worry.

    • m a x l i

      Hi, jimbob! Yes, the famous blank look… After Pearl Harbor people didn't say "so what?", but realised there was a danger. That danger, too, was "10,000 kilometers away", but it could arrive in a short time by plane or ship – quite similar like radiation contamination travels by wind, ocean currents and other means of transportation.

  • 2015 – Record Level Mass Die Off Of Dying, Sick, Injured California Seals And Sea Lions
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/04/2014-record-level-of-sick-injured.html

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