Reuters: Radiation tests underway on dead and diseased seals in Alaska — Suffering bleeding lesions, hair loss (PHOTO)

Published: December 28th, 2011 at 8:11 am ET


Diseased seals in Alaska tested for radiation, Reuters, Dec. 27, 2011:

SOURCE: North Slope Dept. of Wildlife

Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether local seals are being sickened by radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. […]

Biologists at first thought the seals were suffering from a virus, but they have so far been unable to identify one, and tests are now underway to find out if radiation is a factor. […]


  • Scores [multiples of twenty] of ring seals have washed up
  • On Alaska’s Arctic coastline
  • Since July


  • Bleeding lesions on the hind flippers
  • Irritated skin around the nose and eyes
  • Patchy hair loss on the animals’ fur coats

John Kelley, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • “We recently received samples of seal tissue from diseased animals captured near St Lawrence Island with a request to examine the material for radioactivity”
  • “There is concern expressed by some members of the local communities that there may be some relationship to the Fukushima nuclear reactor’s damage”
  • “[Test results would not be available for] several weeks”

See also:

Yet this strange report ran last week in a Fairbanks, Alaska newspaper: Officials: No Alaska radiation from Fukushima

Published: December 28th, 2011 at 8:11 am ET


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88 comments to Reuters: Radiation tests underway on dead and diseased seals in Alaska — Suffering bleeding lesions, hair loss (PHOTO)

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter


    • ion jean ion jean

      Harbor seals have died in New England since sept. In similar numbers…similar symptoms ie lesions (beta burns?)
      Now only 5 of 162 young dead seals tested positive for flu, yet the assumption was made by scientists that the cause is pathological?

      ARE they freakin STUPID? Overpaid? Doctors, biologists and environmental and healthcare pros need to WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ATOMIC COFFEE…fission products are REAL and DEADLY and HERE TO STAY, so get some edumacation FAST or else you’re gonna be no damn good to any of us!

      • Been on radar for some time ! Seals Killed by Disease or Radiation Poisoning?

        Uploaded by jrae50021 on Oct 20, 2011
        The Department of Wildlife Management has never documented a similar outbreak in the North Slope region, Herreman said. Scientists don’t know the scope of the problem because since ringed seals are …!

        • Dioxins ! The Exxon Valdez oil spill into Prince William Sound Alaska, Chernobyl are considered the two most historic disasters Over 30 million gallons from consumers in the form of automobile run off enters the ocean every week, the exact equivalent as the Exxon Valdez oil spill ! Dioxins !
          Toxins kill, weather over years or quickly. Burned waist and fuels Warm air moves north, and air born dioxins eventually reach the once pristine Arctic, all life forms are having major health problems from this bio accumulation of dioxins !

          In our oceans, PCB’s and over 200 other hazardous compounds are first consumed by microscopic organisms called zooplaton, and from there the poisons travel up the food chain to seals, whales, polar bears … and then to people !
          One thousandth of one millionth can cause harm to human body ! Humans are consuming 300 to 600 times that amount every day !

  • James2

    They’ll test sea lions that are bleeding and dying. Sea lion families don’t have attorneys.

    They’ll never even look for human suffering.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi James2

      My trust level of them telling us the complete truth, is zero right now.

      Isn’t there laws about Cruelty of Animals, shut the plants down.

      • James2

        Complete truth? That never happens.

        But they’ve gone way beyond telling the truth. They are covering up the truth. Fabricating untruth.

        • WindorSolarPlease

          Agree +100

        • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

          As I remember the sick and dying Anchorage seal story came out in October, with a promise to test for radiation and post results. Radiation testing should be the 1st test a biologist does given an unprecedented quadrillion becquerels plus of radiation in the Pacific Ocean. It’s a DUH to test this 1st but no, after 10+ tests for viruses, they conclude uh, NOPE, that’s not the problem! The animals are suffering horribly while biologists are dk’ng around with every virus test possible. And what can be done except to euthanize these animals painlessly, if possible. Are they delaying the inevitable test and results (to be published or not) in order to promote ‘safe Fukushima’? Without truth about the problem(s) we have no possible solutions, even to save a few of the hundreds of marine animals that will die in the next year or two. You all know what this is going to do to the polar bear, dolphin, whale, fish, squid, octopus, sea birds, abalone and oysters, even the lowly but lovely sea squirts —all gone or genetically altered in an epic failure to survive. Some pocket habitats may survive but for how long? How many more reactors are going to go into the water with sea level rise, floods, or great eQ’s and tsunamis?

          Without solutions to shut down and replace our nuclear waste and toxic chemical planet soup, I personally believe we are all going to be dead or dying of cancer excepting a very few places on the planet where (it is said, Africa and Hispanic) populations grow their populace fast and large enough to survive beyond the majority of unsurvivable mutations caused by radiation. Some may survive exactly as they are with slight mutations if lucky. Genetic mutations are persistent, oh about 20,000 years persistent, affecting all food, all genes. How can ANYONE be pro-nuclear now? I’ve always said, things happen to animals 1st, then the humans. We’re past peak folks!

  • maaa

    Looks like Chemotherapy overdose to me. Hair loss.

  • Whoopie Whoopie
    Where can I comment at your site Stock?
    I wanted to leave a message. TY

  • Bobby1

    St Lawrence island is between Alaska and Siberia. This area got hit first after the explosions. That means the short-life isotopes of xenon, iodine, and tellurium had not decayed and were in full effect. This area was tremendously contaminated.

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    why bother testing? the picture does justice itself – obviously radiation poisining.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Check out Stories contributed by xdrfox if you haven’t already…Talk about dead animals, you should see this.


  • oscar419

    🙁 so sad…. First we clubbed them and now we are just poisoning them from the inside out.

    I wish this disaster would only effect the species responsible for it,us. Sadness and sorrow will prevail as we watch things wither and die knowing full well we have also taken a number that will eventually be called.

    There must be a way to charge these TEPCO with “ecological genocide”, as well as BP and more than likely a very long list. So many people think this is over and done with, even before they announced a “cold shutdown”. Hmmmf, in actuality we have already been judged and had the sentence handed down, something about harvesting what we have sewn. This is going to be a pitiful spectator sport for those smart enough to realize what is happening.

    This entire thing makes me sOOOOO proud to be a member of the human race.

  • lam335 lam335

    The story says they are being tested for “radiation.” I assume this meanings testing them to see if any “hot particles” are currently inside their bodies. But is there any way to test if this illness is the result of massive exposures received back in March that were either external exposures or internal ones that have since either decayed away or are no longer inside of them (like iodine or xenon, which supposedly doesn’t stay inside the body, but irradiates it massively while passing through)?

    • mungo mungo

      i agree… if there are no active particles within the seals we will be told “nope, not radiation”

    • Bobby1

      Yes, they need to test for the damage to organs, and infer radiation exposure from that.

      For instance, there was a huge amount of iodine-135 released, but it has a half-life of 9 hours, and obviously it was all gone a long time ago.

    • Actually, these seals just might be a clarion warning that people in Alaska and along the west coast of North America might pay attention to. Reuters says so far involved agencies are NOAA & US Fish & Wildlife, testing at the Institute of Marine Science, UA Fairbanks. If these ‘officials’ are not barred from reporting what they find, no one will be surprised by what is found. They do need to examine whole carcasses, more than just one or two.

      Iodine wouldn’t show at this point, but the cesiums and strontium most definitely would. And these would be found in specific tissues, not that hard to test. I guess the “weeks” timeline should make us hope they’ll do a thorough job.

      I don’t know about lesions on rear flippers, but if said seals tend to pick up a lot of scratches and such in their normal activities, internal radiation issues would definitely interfere with healing – thus observable lesions. Last time I encountered open lesions on sea critters (fish), the culprit was chronic dioxin poisoning. Radiation could have much the same effect. Patchy hair loss is highly suspicious. Irritated mucus membranes does suggest an irritant in the water (as opposed to contamination in the food supply).

      Isotopes being dumped in obscene amounts into the ocean will NOT evenly disperse around the globe, it will accumulate in the food chain bottom to top. At the top of the ocean food chain are the marine mammals (plus big carnivorous fish). Even the big baleen whales could be seriously contaminated, as krill will readily pick up and incorporate radioisotopes and the whales consume tons of them a day. But given that everyone’s being assured by ‘authorities’ that even the pacific salmon is perfectly safe, I’m not that confident they’ll tell the truth about this.

      • jec jec

        The testing for a radiation cause in the sick seals–those reports of results should already been available. Its been several weeks since the testing for radiation was mentioned in the news articles. Since nothing has been released, other than “its not a virus”–what do you bet its something the governments do not want to advertise. Since tests rule out a virus, that leaves a physical cause..such as the more familiar “red tide toxins”, chemicals or radiation. So without any comments from labraborys who would jump on a toxin or chemical, my guess it would be the worse case, radiation. A chemical discharge/cause would be broadcast and the contaminators — arrested, jailed, etc. For radiation fallout —- nothing happens to the perps….its silent as a tomb…hummm interesting comparison..

        • Heck, we’ve been using the oceans as convenient garbage disposals for so long it could be an ultimate Toxic Sludge Monster combo of everything. And no, in these days of worldwide financial collapse/depression, there wouldn’t likely be any fingers pointed or fines levied, much less frog marches off to jail. Sad but true.

  • ion jean ion jean

    OH. MY. GOD. Now the sweet innocents of the earth have suffered and my blood is boiling!!!!!

    Why, oh why is it taking several weeKs for the testing when in the 1950s it only took days?

    They are building in extra time for INFORMATION CONTROL, whitewash, propagandize, minimize, deny…

    How much do we spend protecting endangered species??

    All nuclear power executives need to surrender their assets or have them frozen…this is a War on marine life and someone needs to step up in Washington and create stiff regs and sanctions on these people immediately…

    This seal photo needs to become a magazine cover, a billboard, once upon a time we stopped the baby seal fur industry…now we can do this to the nuke industry!!

    People will cry, then they will listen!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      And all the other animal rights activists.

    • oscar419

      How much do we spend protecting endangered species??

      seeing how we have just put ourselves on the list I am thinking it could use a budget increase. How about slicing the throat of all that new nuke construction in the “budget” and use it for species preservation. We can start with the victims and the innocent species, leaving us for last

      • oscar419

        erm… correction. “Victims” would of course include the millions now essentially held hostage in Japan.

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          Yeah…lets do that oscar. ALL THE INNOCENTS.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          @oscar419…”essentially held hostage in japan..Those that lie about or downplay this event essentially are enabling the hostage taking of the Japanese people…by the corporations and their bed partners the government….
          ..In response to James2…on another thread….The first responders to this was our State Dept…gee ..thanks Hillary…and our military.
          So my vote …we deal with truly evil people.

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            PS..I heard there was a discussion about Satan..while I was gone…or was it HAARP……..

            • lokay5 lokay5

              UFOs ?…chemtrails?…Niburu?…unicorns?…

              But with all that’s goin’ down these days, maybe, just MAYBE the 2012ers are right?

              Scary thought, eh?

  • StillJill StillJill

    I think ‘we’ are being told to ‘get our affairs in order’!

    • oscar419

      why? If were all going to suffer the same fate…matter of fact I think I am going to call my attorney and ask for that retainer back

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      A SIGN FROM THE POISON GOD. It’s coming.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi Still Jill

      I think your right, we should all get our affairs in order like making sure we all get free health care for everyone, and places for people who are sick that can’t afford a place.

      I don’t care how much you earn, or how many benefits you get from your place of business, you will be to sick and tired to work. If you still need your pay check to pay the bills, forget it, you will be in the same boat as the rest of us if things are put into place before we start seeing the results of this disaster or any other coming disasters.

      Every Country should have an emergency plan for the public, and not just for themselves.

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Correction I need edit button:

        I don’t care how much you earn, or how many benefits you get from your place of business, with having radiation poison you will be to sick and extremely tired to work.

        If you still need your pay check to pay the bills, forget it, you will be in the same boat as the rest of us.

        Things need to be put into place, before we start seeing the results of this disaster or any other coming disasters.

        Every Country should have an emergency plan for the public, and not just for themselves.

  • ion jean ion jean

    I pray they reincarnate to be devoured by the very species they have harmed!!

    Hey, does anyone responsible feel remorse yet? Has anyone heard of any suicides among the nuclear elite? Or are they only gonna jump outta windows when their stocks plummet?

    Oh, the reptilian brain! We must pray for their darkened souls, for they were once emotionally wounded children, no doubt.

  • Edward Edward

    The rich, greedy people running the world do not have a heart. They could care less about animals or how the industrial world affects them. Unfortunately, many politicians fall into this catagory. It is difficult to get anyone to listen about what is happening to the world and how serious it is. Most do not want to hear about it, saying they’re to busy or there’s nothing THEY can do about it anyway. NO NUKES OR NEWTS!!!

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  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    The link way above to the Dutch Harbor radionuclide contamination being “highest in the U.S.” is gone, already.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    This may have already been mentioned in this thread, but this article about the seals in Alaska could, on the positive side, thrust INTERNALIZED contamination and BIOACCUMULATION back into the spotlight or give more grist to the mill to those correctly pushing this very important topic. Seals are nearly the top of the food chain and bioaccumulation of toxins in marine environments is nowhere more efficient.

  • Alaska Official Lies About Fukushima Fallout

    Dece 28th, 2011

    [Translate] An Alaska Public Health Official recently made the claim that Alaska did not receive any detectable fallout from Fukushima. “He said radiation sensors in the state confirm Alaska didn’t receive a detectable dose of radiation” Pierce, the official quoted makes his claims off the Anchorage station that is not included in EPA air filter data but goes in to claim that this applied to Fairbanks, Juneau, Dutch Harbor and Nome. We know this to not be true. There were detectable levels of isotopes clearly from the Fukushima disaster over Alaska. Dutch Harbor saw a spike of a wide variety of radioactive isotopes from March 19-22. Juneau saw a spike of the same spectrum of isotopes on March 22nd & 23rd. Nome saw a similar spike on March 24th. The isotopes included were iodine 131, iodine …

  • Anyone notice its nosebleed?

    • Looked like part of the nose was GONE !

      : (

    • lokay5 lokay5

      In April, our neighbor was working in her yard and experienced a nosebleed unlike any other! We almost were unable to stop it. She had others requiring trips to the ER. We’re in Southern Oregon.

    • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

      The seals are bleeding from nasolacrimal glands too – utterly heartbreaking. Radiation poisoning is a terrifying way to die. The looks on their faces say they are in much pain. I could just bawl my eyes out.

  • skizexq skizexq

    How could it take several (3?- 4?) weeks to test for radiation in the seal tissues? I would think it could be done in a day or two.

  • Fred

    Govt bureaucrats hold up their old CD geiger counters with the gamma tube covering the window, into the air and don’t see anything.

    It’ll be that way until the radiation going through their boots is so intense it burns away their feet inside the neutron-decomposing plastic.

    Then the report will be defective plastic boots has lead to damaged feet to deflect any curious people away from the Nuclear Industry bribing the politicians…..

  • desert_lady desert_lady

    Here’s the link to my posts in the Fukushima-related amomalies forum about the seals plus my correspondence with NOAA Fisheries:
    This Reuters article doesn’t mention the internal lesions on every vital organ… I’ve also written to local government that all sea products need to be tested. If others would bombard these folks with letters of concern, it might make a difference.

  • Anthony Anthony

    California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant reacts to Japan’s disaster

    By David Sneed
    San Luis Obsipo
    Published: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 – 9:40 am
    For many, 2011 will be remembered as the year of Fukushima.

    On March 11, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck Japan. The powerful quake coupled with a large tsunami that followed overwhelmed the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, crippling four of its six reactors, causing radiation releases and leading to the evacuation of 80,000 people near the plant.

    • Mack Mack

      Ha! In a Rense interview with Michael Collins, Michael Collins brought up that San Onofre and Diablo facilities were told in 2008 to submit reports on their state of readiness on different disaster scenarios and NOTHING has been done.
      Michael Collins 12/26 podcast towards the very end.

  • “We recently received samples of seal tissue from diseased animals captured near St Lawrence Island with a request to examine the material for radioactivity,” said John Kelley, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

    There is the point man who is going to be doing the testing… If he does not report soon, contact him directly, via the University of Alaska…

  • mff

    I personally know Dr Kelley, he willl tell the truth and wikll not hold back.

  • Kevin Kevin

    Wow this personal connection right at the source is vital, however these results are monumental and much is at stake.

    I know here in BC on Canada’s west coast as soon as we started ropenly musing about testing Salmon for radiation amongst a crowd in the middle of a Federally appointed Commission into the health of our Salmon) the government responded immediately, and reported that it would do testing after dragging its heels and denying any need for it.

    It turned out they did testing right away, probably at a safer time then had they waited based on the salmon migration cycle. Anyway, they got results immediately, then they trumpeted that there were no signs of contamination. However they did not mention that they only tested 12 salmon samples, furthermore, they would not release any information about where, when or how they acquired the samples they tested.

    Point being, they use every trick in the book.

  • stopnp stopnp

    Thats almost as bad as the ASPCA commercials.