Photo: “Monster bluefin tuna suspected of carrying radiation from Fukushima”

Published: September 7th, 2012 at 8:57 am ET


Title: Victorian fisherman Paul Worsteling lures monster bluefin tuna, suspected of carrying radiation from Fukushima
Source: Herald Sun
Author: Aaron Langmaid
Date: September 07, 2012

Source: Herald Sun

Victorian fisherman Paul Worsteling lures monster bluefin tuna, suspected of carrying radiation from Fukushima

YOU know you’ve landed the catch of the day when experts advise you to test your fish for radioactivity.

Mornington Peninsula fisherman Paul Worsteling lured a monster bluefin tuna 50km off the coast of Greymouth, New Zealand.


estimated to weigh more than 275kg.

The fish, which looks like a prop from a B-grade horror flick, will be tested for radiation to find if fish schools affected by the Fukushima reactor meltdown in Japan have migrated around the world.


Published: September 7th, 2012 at 8:57 am ET


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45 comments to Photo: “Monster bluefin tuna suspected of carrying radiation from Fukushima”

  • The bluefin tuna is not the 'suspect', it's most likely the 'victim'.

    What a beautiful unique creature.

    • timebomb

      Nailed it

      Suspect? Carrying?

      'Monster bluefin tuna forced to ingest Fukushima radioactive particles'

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        I wish the fisherman would be forced to eat the "suspect tuna" and have himself tested later.
        Damn. How on earth can people be so sick to prey on a nearly extinct species and celebrate their "catch of the day".

        Mankind's a monster.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Sociopaths and Narcissists ALWAYS blame the victim..

      Rape; she made me do it, it was her fault

      Genocide; it was their fault, they did, a, b, c..

      Environmental destruction; the fish/plant/soil is poisonous because that is naturally how it is, but radiation is GOOD for you… as long as you keep smiling.


      We are all victims, and Bekrl has had enough.

      This is a formal call to action. Occupy the Nuc Industry begins September 21st at your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate.

      Enenewsers rally your mates, and bring the fight to the soft underbelly of the beast. The J-gov will be mortified to see that people have finally had enough, and global rallies on their doorstep will be a major loss of face.

      The Consulates are responsible for being the rep of the J-gov… it is their job to answer your questions and concerned.

      September 21st it begins.

      go to for more info and motivation.

      You are the resistance.

  • or-well

    "The fish, which looks like a prop from a B-grade horror flick…"

    It's a big fish.
    A One-World-Ocean Beauty.
    Not alien horror
    but to respect duly.
    If we wish to live
    on our Blue Mother Planet
    we must learn to love Life,
    not condemn and damn it.

    Life eats Life to live –
    that's Life on this Earth.
    But we'll bring only Death
    to our cradle of birth
    if we don't learn to respect
    and nurture all Life.

    • or-well,

      I am amazed by talents! Thank you of sharing your gift here.

      • or-well

        Thank you Kelly. I am so sick of Nature being demonized and referenced horrifically I'm almost ready to side with the "Agents" of "Matrix" fame and declare humanity the horror infesting this planet.
        Bad day?
        Moon in opposition to something?
        We'd better learn this an OCEAN planet not a backlot B-grade horror-movie set for infantilised psychopathic bi-pedal mammals to stomp around in like sandbox bullies.
        Regards, Fingers.
        (or-well's too upset to respond.)

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          "…ready to side with the "Agents" of "Matrix" fame and declare humanity the horror infesting this planet."

          When did you think they weren't right?

          • or-well

            TIS, whether that's a rhetorical question or personal statement my response is when I decided most people were victims, primarily of the predatory sub-species among us, call them whatever you like. I think there's more to it than socio or psycho-pathy, as if those weren't enough. I just don't accept the idea of opportunistic random, circumstantial, situational bad behaviour unchecked by neglected, subverted or never constituted systemic safeguards against it.
            Simply, most people aren't bad apples. We haven't learned to stop those who are.

            • m a x l i

              Combine psychopathy and unlimited stupidity – then you might have the right mix. A psychopath doesn't care about others, but is looking for the good life for himself. When he starts – out of gigantic stupidity – to poison his own food, the good live is over.

              • m a x l i

                Or better replace "stupid" by "crazy", because no effort to tell them what they are doing (to themselves) and delivering all necessary prove does help any bit. They are simply content and happy about their self-destruction.

                • or-well

                  m a x l i ;

                  "If the ideology had been a lie, then they are not heroes and gods on earth, but monsters and criminals and their life has been self-serving and meaningless, without significance and honor."

                  By acknowledging the self-destructiveness of their acts, they would self-destruct.

                  When those in power cannot be wrong, then they cannot be in power.

                  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                    your genius knows no bounds, or-well. I'm thinking "When those in power cannot be wrong, then they cannot be in power." gets-you today's enenews huggy-bear prize! Thanks for being who you are…

                    • or-well

                      AFTERSHOCK, both or-well and Fingers say "Thanks!".
                      We wouldn't be anyone else…

                    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                      at first glance or-well, the statement appears simplistic. With a little meditation, it becomes profound and perfect in its logic…

                  • m a x l i

                    @or-well: Why the quotation marks? Where are you quoting from?

                    • or-well

                      m a x l i , my bad, forgot citation before submit.
                      I was quoting Jesse, from the blog Jesses Cafe Americain. The context – the Credibility Trap, and elites in power refusing to accept reality. More –
                      "One cannot allow the illusion to falter even a little, to the bitter end. And as the fraud fades, the force intensifies, becoming almost rabid in its deflection. Because that illusion has become the center of a hollowed people's being, their raison d'etre, a mythological justification for their existence."

                      So, if that applies, imagine it applied to sociopathic Fish-heads…

    • Mozybyte

      Be Love… Vegan!

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Acid Test; The Global Challenge Of Ocean Acidification; via A Green Road

    Acid Oceans; Why Should We Care? via A Green Road

  • norbu norbu

    Sorry this off topic, need help, someone made a comment about all the stuff found in beef in us. I would love it if you could re-post so I can inform the family. Thank you.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      norbu, you might mean pissinontheroses blog? He covered it, though I found it not trustworthy..

    • I disagree with BnB on this one. I find potrblog's information to be one of the best if not THE best.

      I think if you call someone untrustworthy you should state the issue or try to resolve it, not just try to discredit them.

      potrblog youtube
      His last BEEF Video:

      Judge for yourself norbu.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi ChasAha, I was typing on the fly earlier, just wanted to help norbu out quickly and point him in potrblogs direction. I was put off by potr's video some time ago, where he claims that a beef sample he chopped outside had been contaminated with millions of Bq during 20 minutes by the irradiated US air…he lost me at that point.
        I think that this kind of publication doesn't help to spread helpful information.
        I'm sure norbu will judge for himself though!


        • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

          You are right, this story about super high radiation on the SURFACE of beef exposed to air sounded quite outlandish, but what if it is true somehow?

          Maybe the beef had surface contamination, from a hot spot downdraft, with some kind of unique straight from Japan exhale from the stack or underground corium that came out of #3?

          Odds are against it, but what if it IS true?

          Then what? Someone would have to try and figure out HOW and WHY it IS true.. and that is how all science begins.

          Has anyone done studies of radiation carried by fog for example?

          A few studies about fog and it's abilities to carry poisons/chemicals and possibly radiation are amazing…

        • Again, I strongly disagree.

          "I think that this kind of publication doesn't help…" – BnB

          Potrblog's publications and some other ones like his have done more to HELP us than ANY agencies I can think of. He is a hero who would gladly respond directly to any questions you might have.

          I am not saying everything he states is 100% true or fact. Same with Arnie Gundersen or anyone on these subjects. Humans are fallible, machines can have errors. But at least he raises the questions. That's very important!

          We are dealing with a lot of unknowns here, so when we hear something that seems 'out there', like a high or unusual reading, is our first response to say, "No way" or "That could be possible"?

          Re: radiation to 'exposed' beef reading
          I would say it's safer to assume 'it's possible' until proven otherwise.

          Test n verify, Test n verify, then TEST again.
          That I believe we can all agree on. 🙂

          • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

            "Test n verify, Test n verify, then TEST again.
            That I believe we can all agree on."

            Agreed – I just think he forgot the "verifying" part…in this particular video, he doesn't raise questions – he claims that the air around him and his sample is doused with millions of Bq.
            I'd advise him to have a full body count asap.

            Just to verify.


  • norbu norbu

    Thank you, I trust your word.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    I'll never eat seafood again because the daiichi nuclear plant is spewing tons of radiation into the oceans. Not one bite, ever again.

  • jvenaleck

    wow….an article written on just the thought that the bluefin might be irradiated. Let us know when you get confirmation…so you can have an article worth reading.

    Oh BTW…that pics a fake.

    • Jebus Jebus

      In your emperical wisdom prove it's a fake.
      Do you really think that a quite famous sport fisherman, Paul Worsteling, is risking his reputation on a cheap rigged photo op.
      He didn't call in the scientists, the knowledge worldwide that Fukushima's radioactive releases, are a real threat to the Pacific Fishing Stocks and the Sport Fishing industry, dictated that the scientists look at this very mature specimen and find out if it is contaminated. Millions of dollars a year ride on the outcome of these findings.
      For your's and that tuna sandwich in your hands sake, I would be more worried that the results of those tests are "doctored".

      Send him a note and tell him it's a fake…

  • jvenaleck

    you idiot. His website is just an advertising scheme to generate money. I'm afraid the burden of proof is on YOU since you claim this story to be true. Please provide us all independent confirmation of this "fish" story.

    And what radiation do you speak of? Perhaps you and others can provide be with radionuclide concentrations measured in seawater and fish from the "areas of concern".

    The story is all hype.

    • Jebus Jebus

      LOL!, first of all, ignoring the obvious, witout backing one's self up with data, and then calling someone who provides proof an idiot, pretty much defines oneself as the idiot. Any questions?

      Secondly, a quick search pulls multiple sites that are carrying the article. They are all idiots too?

      Thirdly, those tuna do not have to be caught in radioactive water to be contaminated as most pacific bluefin tuna mate off the coast of Japan in the cool deep waters found there. Then they actually swim elsewhere. I know it's ridiculous.

      Forthly, Forthly? Sounds like something an idiot would say!
      Fourthly, are you just here to spew out your pablum, because if you can read, I did not claim it was true. I merely pointed you towards the perpetrator of this "hoax" so that you could spend that time in your mothers basement productively.
      Take it up with Paul…
      Night night aleck…

    • Jebus Jebus

      Hey brainiac, here's some more "proof" of Pauls "hoax"

      600-pound tuna caught near New Zealand to be tested for radiation from Japan’s Fukushima meltdown
      An Australian fisherman caught a 600-pound monster tuna near Greymouth, New Zealand, but scientists fear fish caught there may be contaminated with radiation from the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

      But scientists are worried about this region of the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand: they fear the migratory fish there may be contaminated with radiation from the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan.

      And so researchers from New Zealand Fisheries will test samples of Worsteling’s mammoth tuna for radiation in order to see if the impacts of the Fukushima disaster are spreading across the world’s oceans.

      It’s not only Australian and New Zealand experts who are worried about fallout from Fukushima: a team of American scientists actually found this year that tuna from Japan carried radiation all the way across the Pacific to Southern California.

      "We were frankly kind of startled," Nicholas Fisher, a researcher for the study, approved in April, told The Associated Press.

      As noted in Mack's post below.

      I can read it to ya if ya want…

      I'll behave now, so your Mom doesn't come down and get us all in trouble…

  • Mack Mack

    Remember that Fukushima radiation has been found in bluefin tuna in the past (in California) —>

    "Pacific bluefin tuna transport Fukushima-derived
    radionuclides from Japan to California"

    "The Fukushima Dai-ichi release of radionuclides into ocean waters
    caused significant local and global concern regarding the spread of radioactive material. We report unequivocal evidence that Pacific bluefin tuna, Thunnus orientalis, transported Fukushima-derived radionuclides across the entire North Pacific Ocean. We measured γ-emitting radionuclides in California-caught tunas and found 134Cs (4.0 ± 1.4 Bq kg−1) and elevated 137Cs (6.3 ± 1.5 Bq kg−1) in 15 Pacific bluefin tuna sampled in August 2011."

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Try to find a tuna that isn't radiated. Bet no one can.

    • CBuck CBuck

      While shopping with my oldest child yesterday at a "case lot" sale at one of the local grocery stores, I avoided buying a case of tuna fish which I normally buy once a year. My daughter asked why and I told her I won't eat fish anymore because of Fukushima. Later that night she called to tell me that she had looked up the effects of Fukushima and that I was being paranoid.
      Between that and having to switch my brand of coffee that is ground in California I'm in a grumpy, disheartened mood this morning.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        lol, CBuck. Too bad your child didn't look up the effects of Fuku here at enenews….
        Enjoy your coffee (one more thing I gave up last year, sigh)

      • Sickputer

        CBuck: I like to think that time is the big equalizer for truth:

        “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall.

        Think of it–always.”

        ― Mahatma Gandhi

        • CBuck CBuck

          Sickputer, I believe the same. I just don't want time to tell my daughter the truth regarding this, but it definitely will be, and to everyone else who thinks Fuku is not a danger. It is sad really.

  • Sickputer

    There are two distinct species of bluefin tuna in the Pacific. Pacific bluefin, also known as northern bluefin spawn near Honshu and Okinawa and return there over the years. This is the species that was in the group off 15 with cesium levels announced this summer.

    At times big northern bluefins do swim all the way down to New Zealand and the rod and reel record of over 700 pounds was caught off New Xealand in 1997.

    The southern bluefin spawns in southern Java and is difficult to tell from a northern. It can reach weights of 800 pounds, but more often is much smaller than the big northerns. How do you tell if the Kiwi fish is from Japan?

    "Oftentimes Pacific bluefin tuna may be distinguished from southern bluefin by the dark color of their caudal keels at the base of the tail. Southern bluefin tuna generally have a yellow or yellowish coloration on the caudal keel, but this may not be a 100% accurate means of differentiating between species. Because Pacific bluefin may be difficult to distinguish from southern bluefin, IGFA will require that a genetic analysis accompany the application for any Pacific bluefin caught in the southern hemisphere that weighs less than the current southern bluefin All-Tackle record of 348 lb."

    SP: It's probably a loner northern from Japan, but I did see some yellow on the tail in the photo. It will be interesting to get the final results.

    • Sickputer

      A little more trivia about the southern Pacific tuna. these fish are heavily fished by the Japanese since the 1950s in the international waters off Australia. The stocks of the tuna have declined badly as evidenced in a 30-year old magazine article I discovered:

      "Southern bluefin tuna spawn only in an area of the Indian Ocean south of Java. Before they reach biological maturity at the age of about 7 years and return to the spawning grounds, the young fish go on a long and perilous journey that exposes them to Australian and Japanese fishing fleets.

      The tuna then head south, and can be found in southern waters anywhere from west of Africa to well east of New Zealand. From there the mature fish move north to the spawning grounds[Java] every year."

      SP: Now this old article above says they may exceed 200 kilograms (440 pounds) but wikipedia said they can exceed 800 pounds: "At up to 2.5 m (8.2 ft) and weighing up to 400 kg (882 lbs) it is among the larger bony fishes."

      I am thinking it probably is a big Japanese tuna, but there is a chance it is a southern bluefin.

      Of course the question many Enenewsers will ask: "Why aren't they testing ALL species of edible fish in the Pacific Ocean?" I would like to know levels in all wildlife. Remember levels mentioned in minke whales in 2011? They aren't promoting much of that research now.

  • Sickputer

    BTW…if you are wondering how far it is from Auckland, New Zealand to Fukushima NPP:

    5565 miles

    Distance from San Diego, California to Fukushima NPP:

    5455 miles