TV: “This is really kind of scary… a grim reality” for West Coast — Alarm as baby whales keep dying; Since 2011 none have survived over a year — Biologist: We see them pregnant for weeks, then no longer pregnant — NOAA: “Not what we’re used to… Incredibly poor condition… Skeleton with skin” (VIDEO)

Published: November 5th, 2014 at 2:07 am ET


King 5 News (Seattle), Oct. 21, 2014: Baby orca death triggers alarm; The recent loss… is sounding off alarms since its been years since a baby orca has survived — “Researchers say there is no hope for a missing baby orca… The baby — which was born just last month — is nowhere in sight… The loss of yet another baby orca… A grim reality is taking shape… This is really kind of scary, because it’s been years since one of these little guys has survived… Babies are not surviving, and [biologist Ken Balcomb] says some whales appear pregnant for weeks, only to be seen later no longer pregnant… Some scientists believe the orcas… could be poisoning their own babies with toxic mother’s milk.”

  • King 5: No orca births were recorded last year and it’s been 3 years since a baby… survived more than a year
  • The Journal: [The mother’s] 2nd offspring [also] died in early 2012
  • Post Intelligencer: The loss of her 2nd baby must be especially traumatic
  • Reuters: The number of orcas in ocean waters off the Pacific NW [are at] some of their lowest levels in history
  • The Journal: [Orca] numbers continue to plummet… Chinook [salmon], the primary source of prey of the resident whales, [are at] historic lows. The population… is at a 30-year low… 30 years ago, there were anywhere between 3 to 9 babies each year
  • AP: Two other whales are presumed dead after disappearing earlier this year

Interview with John Durban, NOAA biologist, Oct 7, 2014: The very skinny one, that is not what we’re used to seeing killer whales look like… You can see the skull… It’s in incredibly poor condition… While we were [taking photos] he disappeared and stopped swimming with his brother, and has almost certainly passed away… It’s a skeleton with skin… Another very skinny whale… she’s very slender… a depression behind the head… You can see the shape of her skeleton.

Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Jun 5, 2014 (53:00 in): I’m not sampling or analyzing [whales or other marine mammals for Fukushima radionuclides]… Agencies are doing this in a very, I’d say [laughs] ‘limited’ way… We should be making these measurements, we owe it to everyone… If something is happening, can we attribute it to one source of contaminants or another? Without measurements we’ll never know, so the concern will always be there… We should be monitoring… whales and seals… I haven’t seen any data that suggests it’s of concern, again that’s partly because I’ve not seen a lot of data… We need measurements.

Watch the King 5 News broadcast here

Published: November 5th, 2014 at 2:07 am ET


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178 comments to TV: “This is really kind of scary… a grim reality” for West Coast — Alarm as baby whales keep dying; Since 2011 none have survived over a year — Biologist: We see them pregnant for weeks, then no longer pregnant — NOAA: “Not what we’re used to… Incredibly poor condition… Skeleton with skin” (VIDEO)

  • rogerthat

    Two local agencies have asked a federal court to consider what is best for the people who live near Hanford as a judge weighs competing proposals from the Department of Energy and state of Washington for amending Hanford’s court-enforced consent decree…

    The two groups take issue with the amendments filed by both the state and federal governments…
    They also want measures that would allow the community to help shape Hanford cleanup policy…

  • rogerthat

    …Washington River Protection Solutions has begun to implement about half the 47 recommendations in the new report, Olson said at a Hanford Advisory Board committee meeting Tuesday.

    Full implementation of all the recommendations, which include some research projects, could take four or five years and cost millions of dollars, he said.

    More industrial hygiene staff have been hired with the goal of increasing from 60 to 220 industrial hygiene employees. The tank farms will have nearly as many workers protecting against chemical exposures as protecting against radiological exposures, giving the protection programs equal importance, Olson said…

  • Bloomberg, can now be thrown into the FULLY EVIL category, mouthpieces for the Globalist ashats NWO bastards that want to beat us down to subsidence just short of revolt.

    And they are pimping for Exelon—
    That would be a boon for nuclear producers such as Chicago-based Exelon Corp. (EXC:US)

    Stating that allowing things like on site storage of nuke waste would help Exelon.

    • Shaker1

      Stock, did you really think that Bloomberg was something trustworthy? I'll admit that they sometimes publish things whose tone might have you think there's some contrary motive as opposed to NYT, WSJ, or Washington Post, but it's a minor illusion allowed a member of the club.

  • Sol Man

    No one can or will say what the effects of the continual radiation bombardment has on all of life. My hope is for the very best for this family.

  • Shaker1

    Sorry this doesn't directly follow your posts, bo, but great work. I don't allow identities to be persistent across pages, so though I login on the first page of this post, that login will not allow me to comment on that page, but the second page. Anyway, thanks for your work and persistence.

    I think the evidence is quite plain that after WWII there was a great acceptance and assimilation of the defeated criminals with homegrown victorious elements (birds of a feather?) both in Japan and Europe. The 'game' then is played at a level which the principled common man can hardly imagine or contend.

    • bo bo

      Thanks Shaker1 – yes, the plot is not just unique to Japan, but as I have limited time and since I have more research capabilities on Japanese history, I'm limiting my scope to just that. Going to take it slow and maybe just read actual books for a while ( no more blogs & twitter lol ) since I never paid attention in school, I have lots of holes in basic historical knowledge.

      • 53rockwell 53rockwell

        Japanese history is cool. I studied alot of it because I was involved in traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts,and I studied Buddhism for awhile too.Very admirable ,and honorable people from my readings.

        • AGreed, I shall return to Aikido next year, excellent for physical and spiritual conditioning.

          I shall use the force of the trolls attack against them, and then they may see the light, or body slam them. Take your choice trobots, the truth is open to you,


  • @bo: You might be interested in this little known book, "There's a God For That."
    The author and his wife were in Japan during the tsunami and melt down. He has many observations of the effect on Japanese culture.

  • rogerthat

    Nov 6
    New Book Points To ‘Overarching Lesson’ From Fukushima-Daiichi

    (NucNet): The overarching lesson learned from the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan is that nuclear plant licensees and their regulators must “actively seek out and act on” new information and hazards that have the potential to affect the safety and security of nuclear plants, a book published by the US National Academy of Sciences says.

    The book, ‘Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety of US Nuclear Plants’, says licensees and their regulators must continually seek out new scientific information about nuclear plant hazards and methodologies for estimating their magnitude, impact and frequency.

    Nuclear plant risk assessments must incorporate this information when it becomes available, the book says.

    “Nuclear plans operate for many decades. Scientific understanding of hazards, especially hazards arising from natural external events, can advance substantially during extended periods.”

    The book says the first Fukushima reactors were constructed in the 1960s when new concepts about seismic activity were just beginning to be understood, but when information about large earthquakes and tsunamis was still based largely on historical records.

    Five decades later, advances in scientific understanding have enabled the development of new methods…

    • Jebus Jebus

      Interesting rogerthat, I just received a breaking news report on a 6.9 in Papau New Guinea.

      I'm thinking that the nuclear engineers will be looking that way to site another radiation plant there. Seems to be the criteria they need.

      • Angela_R

        In 2004 an earthquake hit Indonesia and caused havoc to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Some 220,000 people died. Indonesia, like Japan, is situated on the Ring of Fire
        "With a magnitude of Mw 9.1–9.3, it is the third largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph. The earthquake had the longest duration of faulting ever observed, between 8.3 and 10 minutes. It caused the entire planet to vibrate as much as 1 centimetre (0.4 inches)[9] and triggered other earthquakes as far away as Alaska"

        Undeterred by the concerns re Nuclear Plants, Indonesia is pursuing investment in nuclear reactors.
        "The Japanese and Indonesian governments signed a cooperation agreement in November 2007 relating to assistance to be provided for the preparation, planning, and promotion of Indonesia's nuclear power development and assistance for public relations activities. In August 2014 the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) announced that it has agreed to extend this cooperation agreement with BATAN to include research and development of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTRs)."

      • rogerthat

        these nuclear loonies appear to find russian roulette exciting.. i wonder when and where the next meltdown will be?

  • rogerthat

    There appears to be an orchestrated drive to convince people they have nothing to fear from radiation.

    I wonder when we are going to see a new ''study'' that tries to back this up with ''evidence'' cherry-picked by ''scientists'' who have themselves been cherry-picked for this ''important work''?

    They need to do something. Building new nuclear plants is becoming increasingly hard to do in the developed world, increasingly expensive, and, because of regulations and local resistance, increasingly time-consuming.

    All the time, the cost of solar and wind power is dropping.

    The nucleocrats' wet dream appears to be a world in which there are no regulations, no regulators and no local opposition. If they don't do something radical, in a few years' time they are going to be priced out of the market.

    Countries like Germany that have decided to abandon nuclear power in favour of renewables are going to set an example that others are likely to follow.

    Nothing is certain in this wacky world, but here's hoping…

    • We Not They Finally

      Its a shame that national policy allows this kind of outrage TO HUMANITY AT LARGE.Too many much too many victims of this dangerous approach to the suppression of truth..What is all the gold that these criminals are hoarding going to do for those who are collecting vast fortunes when our planet is no more???

      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        They will share the fate of their victim's , with a bit of delay..the horror show to watch and play in..extended version for them..i don't envy all..

  • rogerthat


    IRID Documents Detailed Plans For Fukushima Daiichi

    November 7

    IRID released a new report recently (the English translation was released after the Japanese version). In this report the explain in some detail where they think each reactor is leaking contaminated water at least in part based on inspections. They also give more detail on the technical plans for future removal of the melted fuel.

    The leak location information came from TEPCO. but IRID appears to have enough confidence in it at this point to run with it for now. Pink locations are the leak locations. This includes one in a drain pipe for the torus at unit 2…

  • rogerthat

    That SimplyInfo article also has this:

    … There was also an update on the Muon imaging project. The test run at the Tokai reactor resulted in a reasonably good image of the reactor fuel. Three imaging pods were used to make the set of images. Now they will need to move up to larger equipment and get past the issues of the existing environmental radiation at the plant….

    both sections have illustrations

  • rogerthat

    UK Decommissioning Support At Fukushima Daiichi

    Dr Keith Franklin, Head of the Nuclear Team at the British Embassy in Tokyo, speaks with John Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) about the ways in which the UK is supporting decommissioning and clean-up at Fukushima Daiichi power station.

    "The UK is supporting the decommissioning at Fukushima Daiichi in a number of ways.

    ''From a strategic policy direction level we have Adrian Simper, the Strategy and Technology Director of the NDA involved in offering advice to those who are developing policy – how to restructure the industry and how to tackle things.

    ''We've signed a cooperation agreement between TEPCO and Sellafield Limited for work that can go on there. We've had a whole host of people from Tokyo Electric come to visit the UK, Sellafield in particular, but other sites as well, and we have a representative of Tokyo Electric currently seconded to the NDA for a period of time. So on a whole host of levels from policy all the way through to implementation," said Clarke.

    It is clear that there in an appetite in Japan for UK expertise when it comes to decommissioning…

  • rogerthat

    Sellafield ‘Working Non-Stop’ To Make Sure Ponds Are Safe And Secure


    6 Nov (NucNet): The condition of two open-air storage ponds built in the 1950s and 60s at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria, England is well known and well understood, with work going on around the clock, seven days a week to ensure they remain safe and secure, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has said.

    In a statement released in response to media reports about the condition of the two ponds, which contain used fuel from first generation Magnox reactors, the NDA said both the NDA and site management company Sellafield Ltd continue to be open and transparent about progress and programmes in place to address associated hazards and risks…

  • rogerthat

    ‘Sellafield ‘immediate risk to public safety’ must be addressed’ – Ritchie

    Posted by Paul Malone
    Thursday, November 6th, 2014

    SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has said that the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency must urgently accelerate its work at Sellafield following reports of abandoned nuclear waste storage ponds posing an immediate risk to public safety.

    Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said, “I was shocked to see images from the Sellafield nuclear plant which show the appalling conditions that nuclear fuel storage ponds are currently in.

    “These ponds contain hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods and irradiated water and yet cracked concrete tanks are clearly visible along with local birdlife swimming in the area.

    “If an accident occurs, causing these ponds to drain, there will be a serious threat of fuel igniting upon contact with air resulting in the dispersal of huge amounts of irradiated material across a wide area…

    “Residents and farmers in the east of Ireland have had to deal with the consequences of poor safety at Sellafield for years. We cannot allow that to happen again…

  • rogerthat

    Radiation Free Lakeland
    Preventing the Lake District from becoming a nuclear sacrifice zone.

    – if you havent seen this, have a look. quite the interesting collection

  • rogerthat

    …Public Acceptance

    Until there is a proper understanding by the general public of radiation, the nuclear industry has no chance of reaching anywhere near the potential that its advocates hope for. There are lots of other worthy things that can be done in nuclear communications.

    But even the world’s greatest marketing genius couldn’t successfully promote nuclear while there is such a deep climate of fear lying behind it. The industry’s many efforts in communications can maybe be criticised as essentially avoiding this key very difficult issue. Next month’s article will therefore look specifically at radiation and how we can take away something that is supposed to be very special about nuclear.

    This is clearly a fix that will take a long time, but continuing to avoid it now just delays a realistic solution.

    Nuclear Engineering International 3rd November 2014

  • rogerthat

    from the same source:

    France – solar

    France has made up some lost ground against its neighbours with the start to construction of what will be Europe’s biggest photovoltaic solar power plant.

    Solar power capacity has grown slowly in France compared to Germany, Spain or Italy. It had 5,095 MW of photovoltaic capacity in June, which accounted for only 1 percent of its energy consumption in the first half of the year, and compares with nearly 37,000 MW in Germany.The new plant at Cestas is a 360 million euro ($450 million) project capable of supplying electricity to a city the size of nearby Bordeaux for a year.The project is managed by Neoen, a Paris-based company created by Jacques Veyrat, the former head of commodities trading giant Louis Dreyfus.

    The 300-megawatt, ground-mounted installation will be connected to the grid in October 2015 and provide electricity for 105 euros per megawatt-hour over 20 years, a price showing solar is becoming increasingly competitive, its developers say.

    Reuters 5th Nov 2014 read more »

  • rogerthat


    Australia – radwaste
    Traditional owners have reopened the case for siting Australia’s first nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory, just months after a bitter seven-year dispute appeared to have ended.

    In June the Northern Land Council abandoned its nomination to the federal government to store low and intermediate radioactive waste in the area north of Tennant Creek after a lengthy legal dispute launched by four clan groups reached the federal court. Local councils, unions and community groups opposed the dump. But now the owners have put forward another parcel of land for the same purpose.

    Guardian 6th Nov 2014 read more »

  • rogerthat

    (seriously off topic, sorry):

    …apparently there are over 2,000 full 18 hole golf courses in England and hundreds of smaller courses. Combined, their approximately 270,000 hectares is equivalent to two per cent of the country’s land area. In the midst of what politicians are apt to describe, when it suits them, as a food security and housing crisis that is a lot of massively unproductive land…

  • rogerthat

    – rather like Terminator 2

  • Highly Radioactive Fukushima Rain Fell In USA, Canada, Japan And In Other Countries Around The World

  • We Not They Finally

    My advice to everyone is find something that is not born or dies that is the source of everything in our infinite universe.Free your souls to fly.Then we will all find a better place to be.Let go of your anger fear and ignorance that which truly exists doesnt play dice with the endless universe….

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      "The 2 loves, the love of self and the love of the world, are what make hell with a man, for in hell these two loves reign…a man is in love with the world when in what he thinks and does he regards and pursues nothing but gain, regardless whether this is acquired to the detriment of his neighbor or the public.." Emanuel Swedenborg

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