TV Reporter: “Woah! Dead whales!” Record high number of deaths in Hawaii — “Carcasses scattered throughout islands” in Pacific — Sick and starving animals a ‘mystery’ to experts — “Possible health effects” from Fukushima radiation off coast (VIDEO)

Published: February 5th, 2017 at 5:10 pm ET


KGMB, Jan 17, 2017 (emphasis added): Officials investigate record number of humpback whale deaths… Six humpback whale carcasses have washed up onto Hawaii shores since November. That’s double the number typically found in a season, which runs from November to May… The previous record [of five] whale carcasses found in Hawaii waters was in 2013… Biologists aren’t sure what’s behind the increase in deaths. “It is higher than usual. It’s almost double this early in the season for what we’d get in a whole season,” said [NOAA’s] David Schofield… Since November, whale carcasses have been scattered throughout the main Hawaiian islandsBiologists are investigating to see if the whales starved or if there’s a problem with the ocean’s healthofficials will be meeting with partners in Alaska and Washington D.C. to investigate further.

KGMB reporter Mahealani Richardson, Jan 17, 2017: Woah! Dead whales! Wildlife officials are investigating a mystery over a record number of humpback whale deaths

Other recent whale deaths in Hawaii

KHON, Nov 22, 2016: Beached melon-headed whale euthanized on Maui… “The body condition was significantly compromised…” said [NOAA’s] Aliza Milette-Winfree… a necropsy will be done to determine what made it sick.

KHON, Oct 23, 2016: A pregnant dwarf sperm whale found dead on Maui’s Makena shoreline… this is very unusual because these whales normally live in deep waters… samples have been sent to the mainland to see if the whale also had any diseases… [NOAA] reported that a witness saw two small whales stranded in Makena…

AP, Aug 26, 2016: Experts are reporting the sighting of a sickly humpback whale off Maui. [NOAA’s] Malia Chow said Friday the animal is emaciated and covered in whale lice… She says the animal’s poor condition is a mystery.

Hakai Magazine, May 25, 2016: No-Show Pacific Ocean Humpbacks Stump Scientists… Whale researchers from around the Pacific are reporting that far fewer whales showed up in their usual wintering grounds…  [NOAA’s Ed Lyman] says he started noticing changes in December 2015… [He] was getting calls from tour boat operators asking where the whales were. “Something happened this year,” agrees Jim Darling, a researcher with the nonprofit Whale Trust Maui. “It almost seemed as if the females didn’t bother to show up”… the density of cows and calves was especially low… Darling also reported hearing from colleagues in the Philippines and Japan of similarly low whale numbers… Also striking was the low number of calves… Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, also saw fewer whales than normal says Oscar Frey, an oceanographer… he observed “the least number of mothers with babies that I have ever seen.”

How about in 2017? — The Garden Island, Jan 30, 2017: Annual whale count… [Jean Souza, HINMS Kauai programs coordinator] said the Kauai sites… saw an average of four whale viewings within a 15-minute time count period… down from the six sightings of the 2016 count.

Dr. Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Jan 7, 2017: “We know there can be health effects from exposure to any amount of radiation… the highest level we’ve seen north of Hawaii is 10 Becquerels per cubic meter. Swimming through that for eight hours a day for an entire year could have possible health effects, but that additional dose is one thousand times smaller than a single dental X-ray.”

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Published: February 5th, 2017 at 5:10 pm ET


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230 comments to TV Reporter: “Woah! Dead whales!” Record high number of deaths in Hawaii — “Carcasses scattered throughout islands” in Pacific — Sick and starving animals a ‘mystery’ to experts — “Possible health effects” from Fukushima radiation off coast (VIDEO)


    Fractured and fissured, cracked and creviced

    The 2011 Tohoku earthquake struck offshore of Japan, along a subduction zone where two of Earth’s tectonic plates collide. East of Japan, the Pacific plate dives beneath the overriding Eurasian plate. The temblor completely released centuries of built up stress between the two tectonic plates, a recent study found.

    The real conundrum underlying this predicament is that there is no letup in the frequency or severity of earthquakes, both land-based and undersea, which continue to assault the four major islands of Japan. Therefore, the “fractures and fissures” will only get worse which will translate to myriad opportunities for the water table, ground water and other water supplies to become irreversibly contaminated with radioactivity.

    In light of the fractured geology in and around Fukushima, the vectors of radioactive water dissemination are numerous and profoundly difficult to control. When groundwater is contaminated, it will undoubtedly contaminate all the land and other water that it comes into contact with as it makes its journey pulled forward and downward by topography and gravity. ….


  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Sequester Fukushima Corium In A Sarcophagus

    Earth's Biosphere is currently under attack by three nuclear reactor cores, lost in the bedrock under the former FDNPP in Japan.
    Allowing this corium to leach into the Pacific Ocean is simply not a viable option.
    How does the human race protect itself from this harmful radiation?
    Build a barrier between the corium and the environment to separate the corium from Earth's Biosphere.
    Here's how:
    Locate and map the corium, using a slant drilling rig with a Geiger counter on the tip.
    This plan anticipates that the corium will be found inside the reactor buildings, or in the top 100' of bedrock under the plant.
    The aquifer, actually and underground flowing river, extends to a depth of around 100' below ground level.
    Excavate a buttressed foundation to a depth of 100' around Units1-4.
    Bore a series of East-West horizontal tunnels under the reactor buildings, filling the tunnels with concrete as you go.
    This will be the floor of the sarcophagus.
    Next, lower cages of steel reinforcing rods, brought in by barge, into the foundation excavation.
    Pour the concrete foundation, using on-site portable concrete plants.
    Remove spent fuel from SFP1-6 and CSFP to an on-site dry cask storage yard in 240 casks.
    Fill the 4 Reactors, containments, torus and torus basements with grout.
    Build a sarcophagus to a height of 30' above the roof of the reactor buildings, using dirt to fill the spaces between the buildings and…

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      (Con'd) …Sarcophagus walls.
      Top sarcophagus with a heavy membrane roof to seal any cracks that may develop, and to protect the concrete from the weather.
      Build an outer harbor of concrete outside the existing harbor.
      Use locks to keep harbor water separate from the Ocean.
      If necessary, pour additional concrete on harbor floor, to fix in place nuclear fuel material scattered in the explosions.

      Any feedback from ENEnewsers would be appreciated.

      • razzz razzz

        I would like to see the spent fuel pool unloaded first before concentrating on the unknown whereabouts of the melts.

        Lately TEPCO is concentrating on Unit 3's spent fuel pool so that pool must be in worse condition compared Units 1 or 2.

        The ice-wall was to stop the freshwater aquifer from contacting the melts or at least lower the interactions. Nothing really can be done about containment.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Looks like the whales have chosen a location to send their final message to mankind…

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Huge amount of whales grounding on 'Farewell Spit'.
      A horrible tragedy, as befuddled humans stand by.

      Couldnt help but notice the name of the place. Not to make light of anything but doesnt it seem like there are a lot of coincidences?
      mass whale beaching at 'Farewell Spit'
      big fire at Flamanville
      at the same time theres a damn failure at oro(gold)ville
      Fuku-shima is 10,000x worse than Hiro-shima
      Trump trumps Hillary
      Madoff made off with the money…

      • Jebus Jebus

        Make's one wonder if collectively Earth is truly alive and speaking human…

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          indeed Jebus. Man is but a microbe in the bowels of nature.
          We are befuddled about the nature of conscious awareness yet are sure we have exclusive rights to it.

          I saw a documentary once….Elephants have a matriarchal civilization going…and during a time of food and water scarcity, the grand mom of the tribe has to decide what to do. After a few days meditating on it, she makes the decision; She will use the precious energy of her clan to go visit the elephant bone yard, to lovingly remember the fallen bothers and sisters.

          Whales are no less imbued with intelligence and feeling. In fact by comparison, it is man who has the small brain with a limited capacity to feel for others and feel their place in the web of nature

          • Jebus Jebus

            Is it really intelligent design that we are the one's tapping the buttons on the control panels, or a fluke of nature about to find out the economics of our biological errors?

        • DUDe DUDe

          Compared to the planet and its harmonic symphony of life..are we alive..?

          We are so unnatural and malevolent i always return to the point that we must have gotten our dna and our minds altered..not sure it was "a trial and error" experiment gone wrong either..

  • Jebus Jebus

    There is another part.

    Drawn back here, to the silence by fear that we wont get it in time.

    We are just too baffled by our own intelligence.

    The Ocean. Naturally a chemical soup.

    It will only take another tsunami on a very industrialized twenty first century port of mankinds economic addiction to finish her off.

    Nuclear need not apply, but it helps to ionize your chemicals.

    Chemical Aftermath: Contamination and Cleanup Following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

    Understanding mankinds ionizing chemical nuclear waste now leaching out shows that something more is involved in the sickness of the sea…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Chemicals in tsunami debris could pose coastal threat

    The spill and spread of industrial chemicals across the coastline of British Columbia is a possibility as slower-moving tsunami debris from Japan approaches the west coast, according to experts observing its movements.

    The risk of chemical contamination is sizable, especially considering that many of the tsunami-affected areas on the Japanese coast were industrial and used many different types of toxic chemicals in manufacturing operations.

    I think of Fukushima as a force multiplier…

  • Jebus Jebus

    It all gets flushed into the sea.

    Where it all ends up eventually.

    It's universal in the twenty first century.

    The Indian Ocean Tsunami and its Environmental Impacts

    If we could just understand what the whales are saying…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Why The Melted Fuel Under Fukushima Could Poison Our Planet With Nuclear Radiation For 1000s Of Years

    The amount of cesium-137 that has been released at Fukushima is equivalent to hundreds of Hiroshima bombs.

    But because we can’t see, touch, taste or hear the danger, to many people it may not seem real.

    Nuclear radiation is a silent killer, and unless a miracle happens the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be felt for generations to come.

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