“Unprecedented activity” near Canada’s West Coast: Whales in record numbers, displaying highly unusual behavior — Expert: Problems in Pacific could be bringing sea life to area; “Something’s amiss out there”

Published: December 21st, 2013 at 11:51 pm ET
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Vancouver Sun, Dec;. 20, 2013: Surprise surge in orcas and humpback whales in Island waters [...] Record numbers of transient orcas and humpbacks [...] Someone forgot to tell the whales around Victoria and the San Juan Islands that this is their off-season. [...] They usually travel south to warmer waters [...] [Michael Harris, executive director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA)] said the jump in whale numbers is not necessarily a positive sign. [...] Problems in the ocean could be leading the other whales here instead of elsewhere, Harris said [...] Ocean acidification, the effects of climate change and the greatly depleted Fraser Run salmon run could be influencing whale activity, Harris said.

Michael Harris, executive director of the PWWA, Dec. 20, 2013: “It just means that conditions are different and that we happen to have a spike in harbour seals this year [...] It just shows us we’ve got to do something if we’re getting these unusual conditions and unusual sightings. It means that something’s amiss out there.”

San Juan Islander, Dec. 20, 2013: San Juan Island whale watch operators are also reporting unprecedented activity recently [...] [PWWA] crews say this fall and winter has been unlike anything recorded in the 20-year history of the Association. On November 8th, Prince of Whales Captain Mark Malleson came across the G2 and G27 matrilines of the Northern Resident Community of orcas foraging east of Race Rocks near Victoria, escorted by a group of Pacific white-sided dolphins. It was the first sighting of Northern orcas in this part of the Salish Sea in 13 years. Most exciting was a confirmed sighting off Victoria of one of the most endangered whales in the world – the north Pacific right whale, the first right whale seen here in over 62 years. [...] PWWA crews report [humpback whale] behaviors never seen in these waters, from mothers bringing their calves into the Sound and Straits, to males singing, something this population was thought to almost exclusively do in their mating grounds in Hawai’i.

Capt. Hobbes Buchanan of San Juan Island Whale & Wildlife Tours, Dec. 20, 2013: “It’s been whale soup out there the last couple of weeks [...] We had some 20-plus transient orcas in San Juan Channel at Pt. Caution last week, and they went right into the entrance to Friday Harbor [...] we’ve also got some resident [whales] still in, humpbacks hanging out here and there, seals, harbor porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, Steller sea lions, eagles, tons of seabirds.”

From Friday: Gov't Report: Fukushima ocean plume hit Canada 6 months ago -- "Precedes model predictions by several years" -- 'Human health' is first reason listed for study (MAP)

From Last Week: CNN: The Pacific has seen its fair share of weird recently -- Bay in California "now a massive soup bowl" -- "Miles of anchovies, mountains deep" -- It's like none ever recorded... Old timers have never seen anything like this -- "We may be experiencing 'global weirding'" (VIDEO)

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100 comments to “Unprecedented activity” near Canada’s West Coast: Whales in record numbers, displaying highly unusual behavior — Expert: Problems in Pacific could be bringing sea life to area; “Something’s amiss out there”

  • Bones Bones

    Boy, what could affect the entire Pacific. I'm at a loss guys. It's like you would need the biggest nuclear accident ever in history on the coast of the Pacific and never have it contained. Something crazy like that that would never happen. I'm just so at a loss at what it could be that affects the entire west coast of N.A. Like seriously, are these so called "experts" and "scientists" so damn dumb and/or cowardly if they self-censor???


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  • many moons

    “Something’s amiss out there”
    Oh good Lord….

    why not try…"The water is radioactive out there.."


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    • Bones Bones

      I feel bad you made me laugh so hard. I just pictured a child saying, "Mommy are they running from the radiation?" I mean kids would probably think logically that I will first investigate radionuclides as the culprit for x die off or y disease susceptibility, etc. It's either idiocy, self-censorship/cowardice, or they are on the take. Only three options for why Fukushima is never mentioned. When fish were showing tumors and bleeding out every orifice after the Gulf Spill and spraying of corexit, should we blame global warming or I dunno the giant toxic sludge spill and poison dumped by the ton to sink the oil? That last part is not to you, but to someone who wonders why most start with Fukushima on topics like this…because it's logical. lol


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      • ManWithThePlan ManWithThePlan

        I think that until we start to get substantial numbers of lawyers and professors getting sick from the radiation, nothing substantial will occur. When these two groups of people finally start fearing Fukushima more than their superiors, than we'll start seeing some progress.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Day 1016, whats next? 3 years.
    Unstoppable, for decades, millenia?
    One Ocean, All Life.
    Massive evidence of desperate survival.
    Nuclear evolution, grow legs or die.
    Look at what we have done…


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  • tsfw tsfw

    Humpbacks should be arriving to the coast of Oaxaca any time now,I hope. Will keep you posted. I've been wanting to ask the fishermen if they've noticed any changes out there, but part of me is afraid of the answer, and the other part just isn't in the mood for more looks of ' you're nuts lady".


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    • Bones Bones

      The only one who is nuts TSFW are the people who ignore this and think it's trivial and no problem at all. They are the nuts not you! Stay strong and keep your voice loud and never stop questioning and turning the screws tighter and tighter. I love your post. I love to hear pro-active stories. We all can contribute SOMETHING. I think the easiest for me is to interview my buddy about his dad that worked in the mil with maintaining nuke bombs.


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  • tsfw tsfw

    Thanks Bones, I wish I was nuts though. How frustrating it is to know something is true, and be unable to convince others. Or you think you've convinced them, and they proceed to order the sushi. Ah well you can lead a horse to water … I look forward to your interview and admire that you are seizing the opportunity to educate people that is right on! All I know how to do is sign petitions and talk people's ears off so I keep doing what I can. I was surprised the other day to meet a woman who was fully up to date on what's going on, that was refreshing! It makes me sick to my stomach when I think about what will happen to this village if fishing comes to an end- the fishermen are the backbone of this place, I hope I never see the day, but I know the odds aren;t in our favour ): I hate people who tell me to be more positive about this. They can really bend over and kiss my …


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    • Bones Bones

      I'm so sorry to hear how you've been affected. I hope for their sake and your community it will be ok. I come from coal town, USA so I understand how an industry can kill entire cultures and communities. Our strip mining not only destroyed beautiful rolling hills as far as the eye could see, but the culture and social fabric which was once so vibrant here. Just remember you aren't alone in your struggle to at least get people to understand the seriousness and ramifications. I found the easiest way is to talk about it as they order fish and throw some facts in about levels found in what they eat, tell them the effects it has on your body like caesium and muscles, tie their emotional and physical well-being into your talk about Fukushima. When they feel it, they will listen. And the more you tell people the truth, since it comes out eventually in the msm months later, people start noticing hey he must know his shit because he keeps telling me stuff months in advance and it keeps showing up. Those are some techniques I've used and I've got almost my whole family to understand. They may not be as active, but they understand and know they are lied to always by the nuclear priesthood as Arnie likes to say. :-) I love your last sentence brother. That's exactly it. When you have the truth on your side you won't lose as long as you continue despite the assholes and idiots. I'll say a prayer for you and your village and can you tell me where to meet these women…


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      • tsfw tsfw

        What a tragedy and sad thing that must have been to witness. What have we done to our only home; our children s' only home. I agree that dialogue is really important- a few times friends have come back to me surprised to have read an article on A-Bah-C that confirmed what I was relaying from here. But I find the majority go back to denial, even if they did for a second 'get it'. But I will keep trying, can't shut me up!

        Oh not that it matters, but just so you know I'm female, but come on down I can still direct you toward the women. A tip: the men who want to meet women here join the yoga classes. Perhaps your local community center? Or you could host your own geiger counter yoga. The downward geiger… !00 geiger salutations… Solving the nuclear crisis with yoga – holy shit I'd rather die, they're sanctimonious enough! Thanks for the pep talk:)


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        • LOL!!! Ah, yes. The Hipper Than Thou crowd, or My Guru can beat up Your Guru (who you foolin' with that cosmic debris?).

          It is good to speak truth when you can, to whoever's willing to listen. Just don't embroil yourself in the angst that comes from people who freely choose to remain willfully blind/ignorant. Bottom line: You can't make people care about what they don't want to know. Once you accept that, you can be just the little bird with the song that reminds them they should know and should care. That way when the ignorance catches up to them, they've no one to blame but themselves.

          Do everything you can for you and yours, always.


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    • HoTaters

      tsfw, and … you can lead a man to knowledge, but you can't make him think.


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    • digitalaardvarks

      i am in a group for the chemically sensitive, people who are made ill by common chemicals (poison). they don't believe this and continue to talk about mold and pesticides. oh yeah, the pacific ocean is dead. ha ha like that could really happen. yeah there's plutonium in the ocean ha ha. i think i'll eat some tuna.


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  • nedlifromvermont

    thanks, folks, for sharing.

    It might be better to be, actually, nuts …

    stay strong, newsers, one and all …

    … peace …


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    • Bones Bones

      I figure keep the pressure on them at all times until they start doing things the right way. You know with some compassion, urgency, a heart, and stop lying constantly, and take care of your citizens. Until then, yea, I'm gonna keep being absolutely critical of every single word that comes out of that country. Can you tell I can't sleep? lol I just felt like writing a bunch. lol


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  • tsfw tsfw

    I'm still awake because there is a frigging quinceanera going on outside our door, but am trying to keep perspective as it could possibly be the poor child's last birthday. It has taken Fukushima for me to be able to tolerate 9+ hours of tuba ):


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  • VanneV anne

    595 Mass Animal Death Events In 2013 So Far (Video)
    Tuesday, September 17, 2013
    http://beforeitsnews.com/beyond-science/2013/09/worldwide-mass-animal-suicide-increasing-2443596.html

    Worldwide Mass Animal Deaths Increasing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-mUHa2qCLE

    Give me a break. It is due to nuclear radiation poisoning, not suicide.


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    • VanneV anne

      " Here is a list of just some of the mass deaths from September 1 thru the 16th, 2013
      16th September 2013 – Crows and Pigeons dropping out of sky dead has “locals in fear” in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
      16th September 2013 – Tens of thousands of honey bees “acting drunk” and dying off this past week in Minneapolis, America.
      14th September 2013 – Hundreds of dead fish ‘due to lack of oxygen’ found in Marsascala, Malta.
      13th September 2013 – 10 dead whales found washed up along Chukotka Coast in Russia.
      13th September 2013 – 41 Swallows found dead along a road in Hyogo, Japan.
      13th September 2013 – Hundreds of thousands of bees die off in Ningbo, China.
      13th September 2013 – Mass fish kill due to pollution in a reservoir in Donetsk, Ukraine.Fish Kill Ukraine
      13th September 2013 – Thousands of dead fish float along 10 miles of river in Huangpu, China.
      12th September 2013 – 10 Pilot Whales die after 100 beach themselves in Snaefellsnes, Iceland.
      12th September 2013 – Thousands of fish and other sealife dead after molasses spill in Honolulu, America.
      11th September 2013 – Mass fish kill found on beaches in Caimanera, Cuba.
      11th September 2013 – 950,000+ Birds killed due to avian flu in Bologna and Ferrara, Italy.
      10th September 2013 – 800+ fish, 2 dolphins and 2 turtles wash ashore dead on a beach in Carazo, Nicaragua.
      9th September 2013 – Massive starfish die off baffles scientists in British Columbia, Canada.


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      • VanneV anne

        [cont.]
        9th September 2013 – 3,000 Antelopes die off in Akmola and Karaganda in Kazakhstan.
        8th September 2013 – Tens of thousands of fish die in reservoirs in Hunan, China.
        6th September 2013 – 850+ trout die due to pollution in a creek in Montsevelier, Switzerland.
        6th September 2013 – 5 dead whales found stranded on the coast in Ghana.
        6th September 2013 – 2,000 lbs of fish suddenly die in Atascadero Lake, California, America.
        6th September 2013 – 5,000 dead fish found in a lake in New Mexico, America.
        5th September 2013 – 1 MILLION bees found dead is “a mystery” in Lantian County, China.
        5th September 2013 – Thousands of fish and shrimp found dead in Nosara River, Costa Rica.
        4th September 2013 – 100 TONS of dead fish found in a river in Wuhan, China. LinkFish die off in Wuhan
        4th September 2013 – Mass fish kill “is a mystery” in a river in Toamasina, Madagascar.
        4th September 2013 – Thousands of fish found dead in Lake Ismarida in Greece.
        4th September 2013 – Tons of dead fish appear in the waters off the coast of Macau, China.
        3rd September 2013 – Tons of dead fish wash up on beaches along the coast of Izmir, Turkey.
        2nd September 2013 – Thousands of Cattle have died due to drought in Matamoros, Mexico.
        2nd September 2013 – Mass fish die off found in a river in Yekaterinburg, Russia. "
        http://beforeitsnews.com/beyond-science/2013/09/worldwide-mass-animal-suicide-increasing-2443596.html


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      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        "16th September 2013 – Tens of thousands of honey bees “acting drunk” and dying off this past week in Minneapolis, America."

        I live in Minneapolis and this was not in any local papers. Not surprising. It's fall up here and the little buggers always go a bit nuts in the fall. They can get down right aggressive. MY biggest CONCERN with this is "10,000's of honey bees". Really? That is quite a small number of bees actually. Kind of need to see more documentation for this case.


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    • Lion76 Lion76

      Maybe those birds just need to ask their doctor for a nice anti-depressant…


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  • VanneV anne

    Study: Dead sea creatures covered 98% of seafloor last year about 150 miles off California coast; Unprecedented, had been below 1% prior to event — ‘Major’ changes began in spring 2011
    http://enenews.com/study-dead-sea-creatures-covered-98-of-seafloor-last-year-150-miles-off-california-coast-had-been-less-than-1-previously


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    • outsider

      All those mass death of animal means only one thing, the world's ecological system is disintegrating.

      I remember that those mass animals death report first appeared in 2008, there was a severe snow storm in 2008.

      There's were many strange theories made up at that time, a guy said that the earth's magnetic field is weakening, and many people would die because of radiation. It hadn't come true, but what is happening mean human is now riding an express train to hell.


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  • VanneV anne

    Coupled with all the nuclear waste dumping north of Russia and in the Atlantic by European countries, the plume from Fukushima is already reaching the Atlantic, IMO.

    Ten pilot whales die and dozens more beached in Florida
    Posted on December 5, 2013
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/ten-pilot-whales-die-and-dozens-more-beached-in-florida/


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    • VanneV anne

      The canaries are all dying in the "coal mine", the world-wide nuclear pollution. How can any sane person support even more nuclear energy and nuclear waste? The wise course of action would be to leave uranium in the ground untouched. Reprocessing nuclear waste creates massive amounts of Krypton-85 which causes climate warming, acidification of the ocean, gigantic storms, and radioactive fallout.

      Playing around with poison should be outlawed.


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  • tsfw tsfw

    Mass suicide that is laughable- multiple species at the same time, that just happen to be in the danger zone. These creatures live in the radiation, but it can't possibly be due to radiation. I spent 6 hours in the sun once, but the second degree sunburn I sustained was unrelated. Hey, hasn't this Kaku man recently said on air that Fukushima was a catastrophe …


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  • tsfw tsfw

    This came up in my recommended videos when I watched the one you posted. Here's to hoping this comet debris stays away from Japan.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWKT-f2MFV4


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  • jackassrig

    I'm logged in and still can't get to the webcam discussion. Can the Admin address this issue?


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    • Sparky Sparky

      @jackassrig, others trying to access Webcam forum: Many Enenewsers are having this same problem. As an alternative, please see/post at the "What to do about Japan Burning…." forum. These alternative posts will/should be flagged "@webcam" for clarity. Many of us are concerned as this problem has been going on for about 4 days now. The Enenews Administrator has been notified, but the problem continues. :-(


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  • markww markww

    NOTE FLOW OF RADIATION AND WATER : I FEEL that radiated water will also come from the opening and closing of the flood gates in the Panama Canal.

    Markww


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  • pure water

    I encounter the same problem as jackassrig@ – logged in and not able to read web camera`s discussion thread.


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  • How do we as individual citizens alert those who are still unaware of the Pacific Ocean radiation contamination and the jet stream swirling everywhere (etc etc)? Boots on the ground I guess. It's Sunday again. Time to go to church(es) and get the rad word out. For all the beautiful suffering creatures, please share

    Japan Radiation Memo – PDF
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/tgw4pqc9d97gord/Japan%20Radiation%20Memo%20×2%20PDF.pdf

    Japan Radiation Memo – JPEG
    http://www.mediafire.com/view/8hzydib7olo58sd/Japan%20Radiation%20Memo%20×2%20JPEG.jpg

    So Much Aloha

    chem


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  • tinfoilhatbrian tinfoilhatbrian

    At this point I think most people have gotten the message that information was withheld. I don't think I have to post links to past news articles that totally contradict the truth to convince anybody that lies were told. Maybe pretending to send up this amazing new satellite that could give us accurate real time radiation level readings just like we used to have! And concentrate on minimizing everyone's exposure in any way possible everywhere we can! Is that asking for too much really? The cat is out of the bag let's get realistic! peace all!


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  • tinfoilhatbrian tinfoilhatbrian

    Sorry, meant pretend to send up a satellite and then just release the data to the public and not worry about the "people not being able to handle the truth", without actually sending up a satellite that already exists. People pretty much believe what they are told until it's too late, well it's too late! We are rather screwed! Ba humbug!


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  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Seems to me that the whales trying to move south are running into a "wall" and can't get through. The radioactive water plume is obviously "sticking" together very well, much more intense than we are led to believe, and thus cutting the Pacific ocean in half.
    No doubt, many forms of sea-life can sense this "hot" radiation and will try and find a way around it.


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  • Shaker1

    Well, personally, I think a bit of humility may be in order here. I'm one who believes in a catastrophic impetus to evolution in time, that explanations of why and how most life is what is it is has been driven by occurances of which we have little sense and even less discrete knowledge. Don't get me wrong, though. Anyone who has paid attention to my comments should know that I'm quite upset over this situation and a nuclear opponent since I gained the maturity of knowledge of how open-ended structures of which nuclear is a great example don't fit the model of this material creation. My thoughts of this in sober moods and examination of my personal place in the scheme of things, though, is decidedly optimistic, maybe not for 'us' as we exist today, and what remains we may not recognize, but something will remain.

    The point that I'm trying to make is that we can educate about nuclear all we want, but if we can't nudge the culture which gave birth to this abomination it will continue to produce failed offspring. Would one continually mate a congenitally deformed cow hoping to get a sound animal? To continue the analogy, can one raise a child in a violent and vain culture and expect something other than a child that is disrepectful and a threat to their very life?

    Be sad, because it is. Have measured anger, because the situation is worthy of it. The change, though, will have to be deeper than even the coriums might be.


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  • Angela_R

    pinksailmmatt
    If they've been caught between the wall of radioactive material and the shore, then they may be 'caged'. The water may be too shallow for them to travel either north or south.


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  • bozzy54

    Just don't know what to say anymore, stumped. My research since this event and dating back to the forties have left me numb. Current events in Asia, Russia, N. Korea and Japan may lead us into a third world war to mention a few. :-(


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  • ftlt

    Sorry gang… Still not on board with the "IT'S ALL FUFU's FAULT FOR EVERYTHING" line of thinking on here…

    I'll wait…

    Easy to do seeing nothing is really being done about FUFU or anything else for that matter. It is business as usual..


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  • ftlt

    By the way.. When is the plume supposed to hit… It must be just weeks or even days away by now…

    Anybody got a link to the plume data map??


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  • larry-andrew-nils

    some are sure that the reason that the sea life has migrated to the west coast of America is because they sense the radiation and sense how to escape from it… others say they can't go into more highly radiated parts of the ocean and are therefore trapped on the coast.

    however, the news that I have been keeping up with suggests that the west coast of north America is one of the last places in the pacific to still have elements of life on the first link of the food-chain… not all the elements, and they will of course be gone soon.

    when the west coast waters catch up to being as contaminated as the central parts of the pacific, animals higher up the food-chain like dolphins and whales will have to move.

    the problem they face at this point will be that they will have thousands of miles to go without food. not good luck for them, or us.


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    • jec jec

      Scary from the link-NOTHING RELEASED due to "national security""…??!!!
      2011:A helicopter flying over some urban areas of King and Pierce counties will gather radiological readings July 11-28, 2011. [Seattle is in King County.] The U.S. Department of Energy’s Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measurement System will collect baseline levels of radioactive materials.

      2012:Department of Homeland Security and National Nuclear Administration sent low-flying helicopters over the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 to test for radiation. But they have not released the results.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    NUCLEAR MUST BE OUTLAWED WORLDWIDE.


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  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    I find it disturbing all the estimates of when the "PLUME" will arrive on NA coast.

    My wife and I spent our anniversary on the Oregon coast June 2012.
    A barge from Japan washed up in Newport, they had it quarantined. It is logical that its size would allow faster travel due to wind.

    But, that was 1 1/2 years ago. I would guess other "stuff" has arrived as well.

    What has gone into the water direct, from fallout in rain, etc. makes a real nuke soup. What is happening is not a coincidence, it is a consequence.

    It is amazing how inept science, government, politics, corporations, BIG thinkers, etc. are, when it comes down to something so absolutely important. It is shameful.


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  • starz starz

    Focus on Ocean’s Health as Dolphin Deaths Soar

    MIAMI — Like a macabre marine mystery, the carcasses — many badly deteriorated and tossing about in the surf — first turned up along the coast of New Jersey in June. Soon, droves of them washed up in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and most recently Florida, their winter home.

    So far this year, nearly 1,000 bottlenose dolphins — eight times the historical average — have washed up dead along the Eastern Seaboard from New York to Florida, a vast majority of them victims of morbillivirus. Many more are expected to die from the disease in the coming months.

    The high death toll from the resurgence of the virus, which killed 700 dolphins in an outbreak 25 years ago, has alarmed marine scientists, who say it remains unclear why the dolphins have succumbed…
    NY Times,December 22.2013


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Such a virus wiped out dolphins just after Chernobyl. Who can say there isnt a connection? Multiply the 1000 found dolphins by a large factor (10?) to realize the true extent of dolphin deaths. Roughly 20,000 dolphins live in coastal waters, while more than 81,000 occupy the deep waters off the continental shelf. Too many man made chemical and radiological poisons (too many people!), not enough dolphins.


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