US Gov’t: Scientists investigating if Fukushima radiation contributed to unusual deaths and sickness in marine mammals — Similar illness seen in Japan and other countries on Pacific — Expect ‘hairless seals’ this spring

Published: February 24th, 2014 at 3:19 am ET
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Northern Pinnipeds Unusual Mortality Event Fact Sheet, NOAA, Feb. 2014: Beginning mid-July 2011, elevated numbers of sick or dead seals with skin lesions started being discovered in the Arctic and Bering Strait regions of Alaska. […] Diseased seals — primarily ringed seals — exhibited hair loss, delayed molting, and skin ulcers. Some of these seals also exhibited lethargy and labored breathing. […] skin lesions in Pacific walruses in Alaska [were reported], with some associated mortality. Spotted seals and bearded seals were also affected. There were reports of pinnipeds [fin-footed marine mammals] with similar symptoms in Canada, Russia, and Japan. […] Due to the unusual number of marine mammals discovered with similar symptoms across a wide geographic area, […] NOAA and USFWS announced the declaration of an Unusual Mortality Event […] the first UME involving subsistence species in coastal Alaskan communities. […] Scientists consider multiple stressors in the environment to be contributing factors […] some seals which are likely survivors of the disease are still exhibiting patchy alopecia. Hunters can expect to continue to see hairless seals in spring 2014, particularly in the subadult age group. […] Despite extensive laboratory analysis [UME Researcher: Only 4 tissue samples were tested for radionuclides due to limited funding and capacity], no specific disease agent or process has been identified. […] Testing continues for a wide range of possible factors in this disease, including immune system-related diseases, fungi, man-made and bio-toxins, radiation exposure […] Preliminary radionuclide testing conducted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks found radiation levels within the typical background range [Prior reports from NOAA say otherwise]. Scientists are investigating the possibility that radiation could have been one of many factors that contributed to the illness […]

Nome Nugget (pdf), Feb. 7, 2014: […] “There can be arguments made that it is or isn’t Fukushima,” said [Ice Seal Committee member Brandon Ahmasuk]. “Even though we’re told there is not enough radiation detected to be concerned about, we don’t know. There is no data to back it up.” Dr. Doug Dasher, Research Professor at the Institute of Marine Science at [U. of Alaska, Fairbanks], John Kelley, Gay Sheffield and Raphaela Stimmelmayr […] hypothesized that the 2011 Fukushima fallout from the air could have had something to do with the unusual morality event […] Only contaminated food eaten by the seals would have shown up in the tissue sample. The analysis could not take airborne fallout into account […] they “cannot rule out that increased radiological exposure in combination with a mixture of other contaminants represented an immunotoxic and thyroid gland disease risk” […]

Alaska Public Radio Network, Jan. 24, 2014 (at 6:00 in): Dr. Dasher: What we looked at is […] multiple stressors, where an animal or human could [feel? the] impact of climate change, contaminants, your food supply may be changing, so the body’s under stress. Then you add a chemical, be it radiation […] that can cause illnesses. Host: So [radioactive pollution] could have been a factor along with other stressors? Dasher: Yeah, that’s what we found.

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Published: February 24th, 2014 at 3:19 am ET
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36 comments to US Gov’t: Scientists investigating if Fukushima radiation contributed to unusual deaths and sickness in marine mammals — Similar illness seen in Japan and other countries on Pacific — Expect ‘hairless seals’ this spring

  • rogerthat

    ''Only 4 tissue samples were tested for radionuclides''

    Fine example of the scientific method: when radiation is involved, don't test. If you don't test then all these scientists, experts and spokesmen can stick to the script: There is no evidence that radiation caused any of the things that we know were caused by radiation. We know because a two-year-old child could work it out. Fukushima happened, and people and animals and birds and insects and marine life started dying out, falling apart, losing hair, bleeding, having difficulty breathing, bruising, changing colour, suffering rashes, blisters, burns, sores, ulcers, genetic damage, deformities, birth defects, blah blah blah. Oh, I forgot, radiation is harmless … no, no, that way yesterday's news. Today radiation is good for you, thanks to hormesis. Arent we lucky, thank you GE, for bringing good things to life.

  • Ontological Ontological

    Karma will get these evil people, they will reincarnate as mosquitoes that hatch near an irresistible bug zapper.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      One can only HOPE that the evil will catch up with them!
      Those poor animals/fish…. melting starfish, etc..

      WE HAVE TO STOP NUCLEAR NOW!!!!

    • john dpugh

      Ontological You are insulting the mosquito's , you know that right ?

    • pure water

      Psychopaths…I`ve met several. I do not understand why people endure them, why they do not recognize the evil in them.They tend to accumulate money and operate fictional power – manipulative, self centered and disgusting!May be as a normal person I am not able to understand the whole game, but if they demand so much, there have to be a big emptiness within. Worse then any addiction. I have seen them causing so much pain and crying over minor things for themselves. Humanity need to do the proper tests for this abnormality. I personally would live with wild animals but not near such person.

      • john dpugh

        pure water In psychology they call it "the dark tetrad" as far as i know . These people are Narcistic , sadistic ,psychopathic machiavelianistic . They care only for themselves, have no empathy for others. They are selfish , self centered . They like to manipulate and even get pleasure from hurting others.
        These are the best candidates for high function jobs , like in politics , business etc

  • Funny (if you like) typo (?) in the Nome Nugget quote:
    "[…] unusual MORALITY event […]"
    Kind of unintentionally matches the situation, doesn't it :-/ ?

  • mt1000

    Mysterious polio-like illness found in 5 California children
    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/24/health/mystery-illness-in-california/

    It wouldn't be a mystery if CNN didn't ban discussion of Fukushima effects.

    • vital1 vital1

      In the long term more human and animal life may die from the indirect effects of the radioactive contamination, as a result of the weakened immune systems, or from virus mutations. Hence the wide spread animal die off reports.

      North Pacific Ocean water is now a mixture of toxic chemicals, and a verity of Radioactive isotopes, not just Cesium!

      All this weakens the immune systems of animals and humans, we could see viruses that would normally be under check become more infectious, or mutation of a viruses strain into more infectious strains.

      The Toxicity multiplying effect.

      A single toxin in the environment can be a hazard, and maybe an organism's
      natural biological defense systems can deal with this effectively. If an
      organism has other toxins present radiological and chemical, to deal with at the same time, you get a biological toxicity multiplying effect. The human or animal defense systems becomes weaker the more toxins it
      has to deal with.

      System overload, fighting to many battles on to many fronts at the same time!

    • mairs mairs

      Cenk Uygur said he was told to downplay Fukushima while at MSNBC. I can't believe that the US is guaranteeing billions in new loans for nuclear. I can't wrap my mind around the fact that it's business as usual.

    • American Phoenix57

      " No one has ever officially told the public that polio in humans was a result of radiation. An even greater omission suggested by research is that the polio vaccines were conceived or promoted as “dual-purpose” cancer prevention. When the Salk IPV had been administered to roughly half of America’s youth population, the military launched its most ambitious and “dirty” atomic weapons tests, initiating the period of peak atmospheric fallout.

      But that is just an aspect of the 1950s and the Cold War. The greater Whole includes present-day vaccines, unprecendented emerging disease and the genetic engineering of plants, animals and people. Polio Forever is an effort to tell the Whole story.

      http://polioforever.wordpress.com/

      Polio is cause by radiation. . . Read the whole blog and wake up to another mind boggling coverup in the name of nuclear science.

  • Cdog Cdog

    Acts like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck.
    Only four animals tested in three years due to limited funds? Riiiiiiight!
    Radiation level with normal background levels? Do they mean the immediately raised levels since the accident?
    Their are no safe internal levels of radiation, and external cannot and should never be compared with internal. But don't worry, be happy, what are the Kardashians up too?

    • byron byron

      Quark still tending bar at DS9. Ask Star Trek friend what that means. 🙂 Maybe he can sell some NPP to the Kardashians? Too cheap to meter but the waste will get your world in the end.

  • Cisco Cisco

    May, 2010: Philippe Cousteau…past the tipping point. "It’s not a question of can the oceans can take any more. The ocean can’t take any more. They couldn’t take any more fifty years ago. The question is, when are we going to stop?"

    http://crooksandliars.com/heather/philippe-cousteau-its-not-question-can-oce

    We're screwed!

  • mt1000

    … oops last post source is unreliable Turner radio …

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      exactly right, mt1000. I just did the follow-up on this story, and discovered "According to sources in New Mexico, the "RADnet" had to be shut down…" That's a way of saying "We have no reliable source for this story." But thanks anyway, for realizing just who was behind the story…

  • paschn

    "U.S. gov't"

    Well, there goes any chance of rapid response and truth. The blow-flies will minutely examine all aspects of the incident, study it carefully, then "spin" it as told by their corporate masters, come up with a "solution" that puts the maximum amount of tax-payer money into private coffers and, (most important of all), shield those truly responsible. Wasn't it revealed not too long ago that G.E. pays no taxes? Apparently they do better at buying bargain basement legislators and avoiding taxes than they do designing/building "nukyuler", (sigh, Bush..), reactors.

  • Daisy207

    "There is no data to back it up.” Dr. Doug Dasher, Research Professor at the Institute of Marine Science at [U. of Alaska, Fairbanks], John Kelley, Gay Sheffield and Raphaela Stimmelmayr "

    How can you expect anything out of people who are supposed to be educated and can't even use proper English. It should read "There ARE no data to back it up". There are no tables, no water samples, no list of nucleides, no details on how samples are collected and no information on who is collecting the samples. No tests for TRITIUM in the water – a really big one. It seems there are
    "experts" out there who are too stupid to even recognize their own incompetency. Too stupid to live comes to mind but they will sacrifice innocent lives to perpetuate the fraud – until the body count gets too high.

  • mairs mairs

    When my mother got hyperthyroidism a few years after witnessing a nuclear test in Nevada, one symptom was hair loss. She had to have her thyroid removed. It actually grew back about 20 years later and she had to have it removed AGAIN. She is 90 now, and has always had health problems.

    Humans can be treated for thyroid disease. The seals and walruses just die.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      "Humans can be treated for thyroid disease."

      Not when the insurance companies stop paying for it. Doctors don't work for free.

      Coming to a broke hospital near you.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Good point! "The seals and walruses just die."

  • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

    There is considerable information now that persons can recover from radiation exposure, but it requires a dramatic shift in diet as well as fasts, cleansing routines, etc. which is something most people are probably unwilling to take on. When it comes to animals I do not know what seals might do for example. However, animals tend to respond to injury or ailments in a manner more intelligent than humans.
    Now a doctor recommending diet change, etc. will make less money and probably be less popular than those who suggest surgery. And write prescriptions for often dangerous drugs.
    It seems doubtful that American citizens will bring about much positive change in the foreseeable future. But people can begin to change the way they live.
    Or pursue Yoga. Another proven way to outstanding health. Given the Affordable Care Act it seems like needing a doctor is becoming increasingly more difficult.

  • Shaker1

    I personally wonder about these exposure models and expectations. Though the biological impacts of something of this nature are the main point of the problems, it's not something in which I've had much discipline. But I do wonder if the accountability of their methods considers that what might pass through a body or has skin contact and becomes washed away has an effect that they can measure after the fact. So often, it's seemed to me, in processes one might discount seemingly innocuous segments of that process when trying to discern 'what went wrong' and one is left scratching their head at that point. That realization long ago taught me, and I always stressed to people under me when running a project, to be diligently respectful of even what might seem the silliest thing. Buried inside the process are multiple points at which one can get 'bit in the ass'.

    The bullet went through and can't be found, so the death report of the murdered states they bled to death? I just wish they'd admit that the life process, especially those for whom their microscopes and assumptions may not be as sharp as one would wish, is a bit more complicated for even the sharpest minds.

  • jec jec

    http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~3/vTkKDD_Lsaw/index.html

    Five children in California with mystery disease — paralysis and not polio. I am sure we will hear more..

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