Sickened Alaska animals getting more tests for Fukushima radionuclides — Oozing sores, bleeding, swollen internal organs, hair loss (PHOTOS)

Published: March 14th, 2013 at 10:09 am ET
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The Alaska Dispatch follows up on the mysterious illnesses in seals, wlaruses and polar bears (March 13, 2013):

It began in July 2011. Indigenous hunters in Alaska’s Arctic noticed ice seals they rely on for food and other uses covered in oozing sores and losing hair. They were sick and some were dying. [...]

An ill ringed seal on the North Slope (Photo: North Slope Borough)

As of this month, despite the international group of scientists and researchers the declaration pulled together, no cause has been officially identified for the illness plaguing the ice seals.

[...] walruses and polar bears have turned up with similar ailments. [...]

Some of the animals were found to also have bleeding and swelling in their lungs, livers, lymph nodes and other internal organs. [...]

Preliminary tests to determine whether exposure from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant accident in Japan have also not revealed any answers. More tests on tissue samples for radionuclides associated with the event are being conducted, but those done so far have not yielded any direct connection. [...]

Adding to the puzzle is the fact that the cases have tapered off, suggesting either a viral infection or some unique convergence of multiple factors that hasn’t repeated itself. [...]

Full report and photos here

See also: Diseased Alaska seals tested for radiation have abnormal brain growths, undersized lymph nodes -- Environmental cause indicated -- Also found in Russia, Canada -- Walruses next? (PHOTOS)

Published: March 14th, 2013 at 10:09 am ET
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59 comments to Sickened Alaska animals getting more tests for Fukushima radionuclides — Oozing sores, bleeding, swollen internal organs, hair loss (PHOTOS)

  • HH

    This jumped out from the article:

    "Between March and April 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) documented "unprecedented chemical ozone losses" in the Arctic."

    I think they know very well that this was caused by Fukushima's radiation releases.


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  • HH

    The article says the tissue samples tested for radionucludes "so far have not yielded any direct connection."

    80% of the radionuclides from the Fukushima meltdowns landed in the ocean, so I find it very hard to believe they're not finding cesium, plutonium, or other radionuclides in the tissue samples.

    Also notice how it says no "direct connection." Does that mean they found radionuclides but they just haven't directly connected them to Fukushima?

    The symptoms are definitely the same symptoms as radionuclide exposure.


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      The same way that nuclear accidents are NOT directly connected to 1 million deaths and 3 million casualties, just from Chernobyl…

      We cannot see, smell, hear or feel the little tiny 'hot' particles or the gamma, alpha, or beta radiation that make animals and people sick and/or die either immediately or possibly many years after exposure, but they will, just as surely as the sun rises and sets…

      That is why there is NO DIRECT CONNECTION… it takes potentially many years for a genetic break to manifest as a defect in the next generation, and many years for a cancer initiating radiation or hot particle to cause the BIG C, enough to kill.

      There is no immediate proof, nothing is visible, therefor no harm was caused, and it cannot be the source, according to the nuclear apologists.

      Yup, keep repeating the lies. Most people believe them, just from sheer repetition.

      Radiation and/or chemo is GOOD FOR YOU, unless it kills you. Huh?

      Research Shows Chemotherapy Promotes Cancer Tumor Growth; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/08/research-shows-chemotherapy-promotes.html

      Lethal Dangers of CT Scans And X-Rays; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/lethal-danger-of-ct-scans-and-x-rays.html


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  • weeman

    Are these symptoms occurring on the west coast of north America or is it also prevalent on the east coast as well? How long does it take to analyis tissue samples, not that long to check the most likely causes, have they been radiated or not, you obviously tested.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi weeman,

      Those results are top secret, or they would have announced them long ago.

      Sites likes this makes the average person question things, however there are many who just watch the news.

      I'm sure there is so much more that goes on, that we don't even know about.


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  • robertsgt40

    Can't wait for this to be blamed on global warming. This will only get worse.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi robertsgt40,

      I just hope they don't create or blame it something that's unthinkable.

      I agree this radiation can only get worse

      I do believe we have global warming, caused by power, ego, and greedy humans.


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    when you consider how excess radiation exposure is a known immune suppressor, there's little to puzzle over why "…the cases have tapered off, suggesting either a viral infection or some unique convergence of multiple factors that hasn’t repeated itself."

    Given all that these defenseless creatures are being exposed to, adding radiation in the mix only ensures opportunistic diseases and infections will be suffered by all of these animals…and us…


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    The lack of initiative to follow the possible cause by radiation exposure is appalling.

    Our air is not being tested, our food and water is not being tested, the animals (which are the front line against human illness – any veterinarian can tell you this) are not being tested, you can imaging what they think of us and our children.

    I don't get mad because I'm dying from all this. I've lived a good life, and can face the afterlife with a clean conscience. It's the children that are going to suffer the worst of this, and don't most of us think the the most important reason to have a government is to provide the fertile ground necessary to allow our children to have a better future? Not any more.

    Omnicide, by our own governments.


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    • lam335 lam335

      "… don't most of us think the the most important reason to have a government is to provide the fertile ground necessary to allow our children to have a better future?"

      I think the most important reason to have a government is to protect the people, but ours failed to do so–or, more precisely, didn't even bother to try, since they had other interests that they evidently thought were more important to protect.

      Our commander-in-chief sought to protect his own by taking his entire family down to South American with him, however. The "first family" takes priority in our "democracy."

      *****

      What is happening to these animals is very tragic and very unjust. How can anyone who claims to be an environmentalist continue to support nuclear after Fukushima?


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      • nedlifromvermont

        @Iam355 … simply stated: They get paid to be this way. The analogy comes to mind of guards at the NAZI death camps … just regular folks doing their 'job.' People sell their souls routinely, for not very much money. GE figured this out years ago.

        peace …


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      • We Not They Finally

        Yeah. We voted for Obama (the other guy was so much worse!), but we have serious issues over his having whisked his own First Daughters away to avoid the plume, yet floating Caroline Kennedy's name, the Kennedy First Daughter, for new Ambassador to Japan! We find that inhuman, monstrous.


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        • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

          We did not vote for Obama. You voted for Obama. Obama is a Nuclear supporter as was Romney. Poor choices by both. Obamas the one that had and has the power to do something about it. Obama is a BALD FACE LIAR. As acting President of the United States of America, he told the citizens of the United States of America point blank, You have nothing to be worried about as far as fukushima is concerned. He knew damn good and well that our country was in danger and did absolutely nothing about it, not even a warning to expecting mothers to take precautionary measures. SHAME ON HIM!!! Does one single person here disagree with that? Please prove me wrong!


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        • WindorSolarPlease

          Most of the higher ups in the world, all work together. They are all in the same club, and we are not invited. Heck we can't even tour the White House any more.

          They know what is happening and they all would rather cover this all up. No matter what it takes.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Interesting that this article says that there is "no direct connection" to Fukushima," but they don't print the test results for radioactivity!! Were those poor animals nuked or not? The article doesn't say.


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    • jec jec

      NO REPORTS ON THE RADIATION TESTS ON SICK ANIMALS ARE PUBLISHED. They came out with a NO Radiation report..on the tests they did on HEALTHY animals. NEVER any report..with data..on the SICK animals. University of Alaska is the test agency and they are hiding everything up for MONEY. Someone needs to reach out to the school, and ask for the data..its public data.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Sores, bleeding, losing hair. It's all classic radiation illness. Is it that the seals could not talk and tell the scientists that they were also nauseous?


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    This isn't the first time there has been animals showing radiation poisoning, they have tested before. They know what has happened/happening, they just don't give out the results to the public.

    Along with the side effects of radiation, even animals immune systems weaken, and who knows maybe viruses could mutate into becoming stronger and new different types of virus's can appear?

    I have heard that from radiation rats get larger, maybe that's another reason why those big wig like nuclear power? They have to feel larger than life somehow.


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  • Keen

    I am astonished at how much most of the people here seem to think they know, even though I share the same concerns with most of them.


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  • Keen

    I am astonished at how much most of the people here seem to think they know, even though I share the same concerns with most of you.


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  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Of course the main point of focus & concern is that the long-awaited test results and additional new research into this issue is underway & if properly conducted with thorough analysis and honest,accurate findings are publicly available we can either decisively show that there is further undeniable proof of the biological impact of whatever the serious number of the amount of radioactive fouling would have to be for these poor critters to suffer while other scary signs of having taxed nature's "repair & resource mechanisms" beyond its abilities to withstand what the worst of out lot has thrown into a holding pattern on course to self-obliteration that would take a true miracle to alter our ultimate destination!(?) Even if the test results on these marine animals proved negative for radiation sickness it doesn't doesn't remove Big Nuke from the line-up of likely culprits since the nuclear catastrophe may still be the cause of whatever caused these species in regions where such symptoms are observed directly or indirectly(?)Much further south on the west coast of CA things are jumping out of the water drowning themselves on the beach & jumping back out to get out of the "burning"(?)water after people tried rescuing them by tossing 'em back in! If they hold out with the data AGAIN and stutter & drag their feet instead of setting out nothing more or less than just the TRUTH, then we'll KNOW "why" & WHAT they're hiding(?)!!Such cute critters too!! :( ~**


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  • Keen

    Jebus, I am no spring chicken to this. I have been following this closely from the start and visit the main websites that concentrate on this topic on an almost daily basis. I have been here just about as long as anybody. I also owe gratitude to those who put this site up as well as owing gratitude to some who have posted on this thread for their previous posts in particular. I suppose I just get tired of people putting up their conjecture as if it is fact. I was born 400 miles down wind of the Nevada nuclear test site at the time when the testing was hot and heavy. I believe I have a fair perspective on the relative nature of things. There is plenty I don't know but I try to avoid giving conjecture fact status.


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  • Keen

    While the air borne fallout in to the sea went down by multiple orders of magnitude by the end of April 2011, I do not believe the direct run off contamination in to the ocean has gone down much if at all since then. I don't know if any one has good figures on this but I think the main indicators are that it is still going strong. What the animals are experiencing sure seems like it could be due to radiation exposure. It would also seem that this would be easy enough to determine and that results would be available by now. That the afflicting condition is decreasing is curious. It would seem that if it is radiation induced the main culprit would be the fall out in to the ocean from the air that was at high intensity over a wide area for only a short period of time. Again it seems finding the radionuclides in the flesh and organs for likely correlation would be easy enough to do. Does anyone know otherwise? Perhaps it is time to get someone to talk to those doing the testing and review their work to see what bases they are covering. We could otherwise just talk as if we know what the situation is. I prefer thoughtful questions to over reaching statements.


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  • Mack Mack

    From NOAA's June 2012 report on sick seals:

    - all sick seals found in 2012 were in the Bering Strait region
    - sick seals were juveniles and subadults
    - in 2011 there was a significant increase in sick seals
    - they act sick – they have sores around eyes, snout, hand flippers
    - these have been ruled out: Calicivirus, Morbillivirus, Pan-Picornavirus, Herpesvirus, Papillomavirus, Poxvirus, Parapoxvirus, Vesicular Stomatitis Virus, Foot and Mouth Disease, Circovirus, Influenza A/B, Arterivirus, Adenovirus, Coronavirus, Enterovirus, Flavivirus, Orbivirus, Orthohepadnavirus, Paramyxovirus, Rhabdovirus, and Papovavirus.
    - they're also investigating "food sources" as a cause
    - post-mortem exams found: bloody fluid in the lungs/softened livers/heart enlargement/hepatitis or liver inflammation/enlarged lymph nodes and reduced thymus changes
    - could suggest widespread compromised immune systems
    - these also were ruled out: phocine distemper virus, influenza virus, leptospirosis, calicivirus, orthopoxvirus, poxvirus, foot and mouth disease, vesicular exanthema of swine, select picornaviruses, and Rickettsial agents
    - standard biotoxins were ruled out (algae)
    - advanced molecular testing is being done by Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
    - seals often have systemic illness due to Streptococcus spp
    - NOAA is sharing information with Japan and Russia

    http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seals/ice/diseased/ume_qa0612.pdf


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  • Mack Mack

    Here's a February 2013 NOAA update on the sick seals:

    "Public concern about the Fukushima nuclear plant accident in Japan has prompted tissue testing for radionuclides. Preliminary qualitative screening showed radiation levels within typical background levels for Alaska. As a follow up muscle tissue from control (n=11) and a few diseased seals (n=7) have been provided to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for gamma analysis. Gamma analysis of control and four diseased seal samples have been finalized in January ; preliminary results confirm cesium 137 levels in control and four diseased seals are similar to historical levels observed in seals sampled in the mid – 1990’s in Alaska. Testing for the remaining seal samples has not been completed and gamma analysis is ongoing. An interim report is being prepared on these preliminary findings, which will be made available."

    http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seals/ice/diseased/ume_update0213.pdf

    – cesium levels found in seals are the same as found in the mid-1990's

    So what does that mean? What were the levels in mid-1990's? What are the levels now?

    – typical background levels? Is that typical before or after Fukushima?

    Why do all of these documents use a lot of words to say nothing?

    Why is it taking so long to do analysis on the tissue samples?

    http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seals/ice/diseased/ume_update0213.pdf


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  • Mack Mack

    Here's NOAA's preliminary report on radiation in seals, February 17, 2013 —>

    http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seals/ice/diseased/ume_radstatement0212.pdf

    Summary of preliminary findings: "No radiation levels were found in these samples that would directly cause the symptoms seen in the pinnipeds."

    >> do you think there was any BIAS in their findings?

    >> there's that "directly" word again. does that mean they got sick indirectly by eating contaminated fish? or swimming in contaminated water?

    >> so they found cesium 137, but it didn't cause any harm, when the seal's symptoms just happen to be exactly what cesium exposure causes?

    >> I wonder if these seals are on an endangered species list, and so if they found radiation harmed the seals it would open a whole new can of international worms???


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  • Mack Mack

    nuclearcrimes.org says the seals could be suffering from "beta" burns

    "which are caused by significant external exposure to 'beta emitters' such as radiostrontiums, which were released in copious quantities to the Pacific Ocean at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011."

    http://www.nuclearcrimes.org/fukushimaupdates.php


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  • Mack Mack

    This is why I believe the seals are sick from radiation:

    1. the seal illness is affecting baby and juvenile (pup) seals, and we know that the young of species are affected worse by radiation

    2. it's causing open sores, like the Fukushima cows had, which is a symptom of radiation (particularly strontium) exposure (nuclearcrimes.org calls them "beta burns")

    3. it's affecting seal pups in the Bering Strait, which gets its water from the North Pacific Ocean (and then flows to the Arctic ocean)

    4. the Bering Straight is the breeding grounds for seals; if it's polluted with radiation, these seals' genetics will be affected, too.

    5. the location of sick seals is where some of the first (and strongest) Fukushima radiation plumes went. 80% of Fukushima radiation went into the ocean; up the nothern pacific ocean first.

    5. the seal illnesses started in the "spring of 2011." what else happened at that time? Fukushima.

    6. 4 different species of seals had hair loss – hair loss is one of the first symptoms of radiation exposure

    7. NOAA admits they found Cesium-137 in the pups (but then they did the song-and-dance and compared it to background radiation)

    8. NOAA has ruled out almost every other possibility

    9. seal hunters say they've never seen this many sick seals

    10. radiation levels are now higher in plankton, kelp, fish…which spreads radiation up the fish-food chain as they eat each other…bioaccumulation.


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  • Sol Man

    The world suffers the most horrendous catastrophe in its entire history, that has brought unprecedented changes in the ecosystem, and scientists say the don't have correlation between that and the profound changes that we are witnessing? How utterly preposterous!


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  • desert_lady desert_lady

    Wow, Mack, thank you for your research. The informed comments on ENEnews are as important as the stories themselves.


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