USGS issues announcement about polar bears with oozing sores, hair loss in Alaska — Gov’t testing for radiation — 3 of 4 captured yesterday affected — Similar symptoms as recent mystery seal deaths (PHOTO & AUDIO)

Published: April 7th, 2012 at 7:16 am ET


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Title: Polar Bears Show Signs of Mysterious Illness
Source: Alaska Public Radio
Author: Annie Feidt
Date: April 6, 2012

Transcript Excerpts

Biologists have found Polar Bears in the Beaufort Sea with hair loss and skin lesions. Those are the same symptoms that have sickened ice seals and walruses in the arctic since last summer and led the federal government to declare the incident an unusual mortality event. Scientists are just beginning an investigation into whether polar bears are suffering from the same thing. […]

So far, the field scientists have found hair loss on nine of the 33 bears they’ve captured. The bears have skin lesions on their head, neck and ears. […]

Dozens of seals have died from the disease, but no walrus deaths are attributed to it. Scientists don’t know yet if the walrus and seals are suffering from the same thing. Although the veterinary pathologist who has done most of the necropsies on the animals say the lesions look very similar under the microscope. […]

Tony Degange, with USGS

  • “The first day we observed it was on March 21st and we had three captures and two of them had Alopecia, which is the skin loss and so it was like, ‘oh that’s interesting.’ Then we started picking it up on other animals in later March so it was like, this is more than normal.”
  • “The bears appear to be healthy otherwise. We haven’t seen any dead bears, so its not a mortality event as far as we know. But the fact that its occurring at the same time as this unexplained mortality event with seals certainly raises the interest level.”
  • Out of four polar bears biologists captured yesterday, three had skin lesions and hair loss

Julie Speegle, spokesperson for the National Marine Fisheries Service

  • “We still don’t know what is causing the disease. But our scientists have ruled out a number of bacteria and viruses that are known to affect marine mammals.”
  • “So just a couple more possible causes of illness that we have ruled out and we continue to go forward with studying samples and trying to find out what is causing this disease.”

Listen to the ~4 minute segment here

"The bear in the photo has hair loss and oozing sores on the left side of its neck." (SOURCE: USGS)


Symptoms of a mysterious disease that has killed scores of seals off the US state of Alaska and infected walruses are now showing up in polar bears.

Nine polar bears from the Beaufort Sea region near Barrow were found with patchy hair loss and oozing sores on their skin, similar to conditions found in diseased seals and walruses, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday. […]

Read the USGS report: Polar Bears in Alaska Observed with Patchy Hair Loss and other Skin Lesions (Released: 4/6/2012 3:07:51 PM)

From March 22: “Polar bears, sled dogs and hunters that have eaten affected [seals and walruses] haven’t shown signs of illness, nor have the research teams that have been in close proximity to them” -Raphaela Stimmelmayr, North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management


  • Reuters: “Preliminary studies [last year of sickened seals and walruses] showed that radiation poisoning is not the cause, temporarily ruling out a theory that the animals were sickened by contamination from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.”
  • USGS: “Advanced testing techniques for unidentified infectious agents is continuing as well as further testing for potential causes including man-made and natural biotoxins, radiation, contaminants, auto-immune diseases, nutritional, hormonal and environmental factors.”

h/t Anonymous tip

See also:

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SOURCE: JAEA (via Asahi)


Published: April 7th, 2012 at 7:16 am ET


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  • stopnp stopnp

    Wow. They are really reaching. If it looks likea duck and it quacks like a duck… it's probably radiation poisoning. Or Achems razor if you like.

    This reminds me of the huge ufo sighting over Arizona. Tens of thousands of people from all walks of life saw it. Testified to seeing the event. Scientists, M.D.s, lawyers and even the Mayor. According to the government it didn't happen. Then it was the military deploying flares… This is ridiculous

  • mungo mungo

    rumour has it that it is because the artic ice is disappearing, i dont know what to believe at the moment…

    • girlygrrll

      Since Alaska just had the coldest winter on record, I think it's safe to assume the artic ice is just fine….

      • dosdos dosdos

        This last winter that swept through Siberia and Alaska is not indicative that the polar caps aren't melting, they are melting and receding. Measurements show that the polar caps are receding. A single winter pattern is not representative of the global climatic trend. And who knows what is locked in the old ice that modern man has never seen?

        Don't be too quick to assume it's radiation or radiation related. Things like this are solved with deductive reasoning, not inductive reasoning.

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Thanks dosdos for pointing out the difference between "weather" and "climate".
          Just a thought: could it be the polar bears became ill from eating too many ill / infected seals?

          • CB CB

            What about the Eskimos? Their diet?

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            If one studies climate & deposition of pollutants via weather and ocean currents, the highest concentrations of things like PCB's and pesticides are found in fatty tissues of marine animals living near the poles.

            It's largely a function of weather & movement of pollutants through layers of atmosphere, but it's also a function of the movement of these pollutants through oceanic currents.

            We may be extrapolating to radiation if we say radiation and radioisotopes are concentrated in extreme latitudes, north and south. How radioisotopes are deposited & spread in extreme latitudes is either not well known, or may be "classified" data.

            It would be interesting & instructive to go sleuthing, & see how many studies have been published on this subject. My guess is it hasn't gotten a lot of $$ in grant funding, unless the goverment (DoE, military, etc.) has taken some interest in this information. Given their level of denialism over the effects of "low level" radiation, it's hard to say whether or not they have pursued finding out where all the crap they've sent into the atmosphere and oceans, since the Manhattan Project, went.

            Don't forget anything that passed over a land mass can end up in the oceans, too. Water generally makes its way seaward, if it doesn't evaporate en route. What evaporates is subject to, "what goes up must come down."

            We know LOTS of radioactive crap is circulating around the globe, unabated, & slowly making its way back to earth…

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Remember the three monkeys? Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              I'll see if I can find a link to scientific data on this, i.e., concentration of pollutants in fatty tissues of marine mammals (and people) living at extreme latitudes, north and south.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              My point is, given pollutants are often concentrated in extreme latitudes, would it not be reasonable to find out whether or not radioisotopes are similarly distributed? Meteorology and climatology might hold some answers.

              The study of the movement of air and oceanic currents would be crucial in determining this. From a scientific standpoint, other factors would have to be considered, such as the behavior of radioisotopes in air and water.

              It might be difficult to model this, and certainly mathematical principals would need to be applied. Plus all the chemistry and physics considerations, etc.

              Since I'm not a PhD scientist, I'm sure I haven't considered a lot of things. But I'm sure it would be very complicated to try to figure it out, and an interdisciplinary approach would be needed.

              I do wish they'd come out with the data on whether or not they found radiation in the dead seals and walruses, and at what levels. And did they look closely? What was the methodology? I find it disturbing they have more or less dismissed radiation as causative, w/o discussing their findings publicly.

        • You can also use reductio ad absurdum (a mainstay of higher mathematics).

          Assume the lesions are being caused by radiation.

          Abandon the assumption when you reach a contradiction.

        • americancommntr

          Things locked in ice:

          Twice or more bacteria than previously known, discovered by genomic sequencing (in vitro methods missed them):

          I'd say there's more than twice the previously imaginable potential for the existence of microbes with transmutation pathways.

          • americancommntr

            "Antibiotic resistant strains predate human discovery of antibiotics – In a 2011 Nature study (press release), researchers carefully dug ancient 30,000 year old permafrost sediments out of the Canadian Northwest and sequenced the bacterial DNA found in it.19 The team concluded that antibiotic resistance genes predate our use of antibiotics and offers the first direct evidence that antibiotic resistance is an ancient, naturally occurring phenomenon widespread in the environment."

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Alaska Weather Summary for December 2011

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        January 2012 Weather Summary

        Alaska Weather Summary: February 2012

        “…In Fairbanks the average temperature was 5.9 degrees Fahrenheit, a substantial 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit above the long term mean for February….”“In Big Delta the mean February temperature was 17.7 degrees Fahrenheit, substantially higher than the temperature of Fairbanks….”

        The Nenana Ice Classic – Gambling with a Changing Climate?
        By Edward Plumb, National Weather Service, Fairbanks

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        @girlygrrll. I couldn't find a link saying that it was the coldest winter on record. Do you have a link?

        Some parts were colder and much of the US (a much larger area) were warmer.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          The Nenana Ice Classic – Gambling with a Changing Climate?
          By Edward Plumb, National Weather Service, Fairbanks

          • americancommntr

            We don't really know what the sun's output is doing, do we? And there's a lot we don't know about the sun. When recent photography shows comets passing within 80,000 miles of the photosphere layer, and not melting out of existence, something's wrong with current knowledge of the sun. One researcher was quoted as saying while the temperature of the region is something like a million degrees, because matter is so sparse, it wouldn't harm human skin. No sunburn 80,000 miles from the sun? Of course this was an article on Yahoo science news, often ya-hoo in content and writing.

  • They seem to be having lots of stories about possible causes but can not make a connection with their ideas, but insist it isn't what we all fear ! of late…

    From all the deaths, when thousands are dieing, look at this list :

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      xdrfox, would you please comment on whether or not the mass marine mammal deaths are above pre- 3/11 levels? And how much have they increased? Please comment.

      • HoTaters,
        You ask this before on another thread and I answered you then also with extended reply, From what inf. on the web I have seen in the past and over the past year ! …
        Y E S !

  • dodge

    My best guess for research would be to study the effect of internal radiation vs external radiation exposure. These animals are at the top of the food chain, some extended distance from the Japanese plants, however, their diet will reflect the concentration of radiation. If this turns out to be the case, it doesn't bode well for man, as our more varied diet will give us a much longer time before the symptoms appear, but the effect will continue to work its way up the chain. This just makes stopping and preventing any other possible nuke accidents that much more important. Meanwhile, these articles in mainstream news, just lull people into slumber. Strange thing happening, we don't know what is causing it, don't think it was the radiation, will get back to you if we figure it out… Some times when the common sense makes sense, we need seek no other sense.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I'm left speechless. Thanks for all your comments.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Someone should be working with Eskimos and other indigenous people living in the Arctic to do full body radiation tests. Those people, I fear, are going to be like the canaries in the coal mine.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    There is no problem.. These seals and polar bears are just watching more TV, and the new hair style is the tousled unkept look with patches of hair missing, as in radiation treatment.

    These critters are just supporting humans going through radiation treatment, by biting off some of their hair, and causing sores, which some radiation patients also experience.

    Feel the love… that is all there is.

    Everything else is an illusion.

    Take 1 Giant Leap Into Happiness; Via A Green Road Blog; via A Green Road Blog

    I remember back when that Univ. of Alaska researcher said he would test for everything on that sore covered dead seal.

    But he still has not issued a report about the seal, and he definitely did not talk about radiation, AT ALL. I just went back to that thread. Has anyone contacted that scientist?

    • I would think there is a world wide Gag order because so many countries have not even talked about this possibility even when grassing animals are involved and deformed and still borns sheep cows and goats are being born by the thousands !
      "Our own Gov and others have publicly announced that they will not be checking for radiation in the oceans or fish !"

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        "Take another HIT of DEATH AIR"
        Thanks for that AGR. I posted ALL YOUR LINKS on FB and at HP

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      A last comment here, and I need to stop posting except for a link re: pollutant concentrations in Arctic and Antarctic sea critters.

      The marine mammals may have severe immune suppression as a result of the radiation exposure. The result would be exotic infections that wouldn't normally show up except in a few isolated individuals (or not at all).

      As a person with chronic immune suppression, I think I can speak to this issue intelligently. I have chronic Lyme disease. Over the past six years, I've contracted giardiasis which almost killed me, Bartonella, Babesiosis, a bizarre parasitic condition that was difficult to bring under control, and chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae infection, which can cause atypical pneumoniae and has even been implicated in development of aortal aneurysms. People with Lyme (and HIV) get Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Epstein-Barr and HHV-6 infections, XMRV viral infections, and any number of exotic "stealth" infections. Most people haven't even heard of these things.

      It wouldn't surprise me at all if the marine mammals are suffering from exotic "stealth" infections as a result of immune suppression. We have contaminated our oceans with toxins and radiation so much it's little wonder mass marine animal deaths are occurring.

      We have opened a very ugly can of worms.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Actually, the Babesiosis and Bartonella probably came along with the Lyme, in 1999. The other things came on as stealth infections. The giardiasis wouldn't go away due to immune suppression, and probably caused systemic reactive arthritis. Picture the Michelin Man.

        That I'm even still here is a miracle.

        Stealth infections are very, very difficult to detect and treat. It could be years before researchers find a definitive cause for the mass marine animal deaths. It's hard to know what to even look for, from the standpoint of a researcher (or a doctor or veterinarian, in the case of doctors). What do you test for? What do you look for? It's really complicated.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        That sounds very reasonable to me, HoTaters. Imagine what's entered the ocean in that huge tsunami debris field apart from radiation – all sorts of chemicals and toxins!!

      • Bobby1

        The radiation is screwing up the immune systems of all life. Now the Japanese are burning tsunami debris which is not only radioactive, but is contaminated with lead, mercury, arsenic, asbestos etc. Our screwed up radiation-compromised immune systems will have a tough time eliminating these conventional toxins.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    For those I don't have email address for:
    From N Sten in my email 5 hours ago:
    Read rest here:

  • Whoopie Whoopie


  • It reminds of the mystery of bee colony collapse disorder (CCD). They have looked at everything from fungus to cellphones as the cause of all these bees dying while the pesticide industry spends millions pushing insect poison and millions more to lobby, threaten researchers with losing funding if they look at how the bug poison might kill the bugs we need to pollinate the crops! Just like the nuke industry does: they use OUR money to sell us poison and lies and distort our democracy. Now finally the smoking gun: a pesticide used on millions of farms and lawns (imidacloprid) has been conclusively shown to cause massive bee colony collapse and mortality even in the low levels found in the environment. In other words: the lawns that use the grub poison and the farms that spray crops with this stuff put enough poison in the air, water, and soil to kill the bees even in places where the poison is not used. Just like fukushima puts enough poison out to harm polar bears and people far far away. Occams razor indeed.

  • many moons

    These folks must be leaving the radiation test for last….even so…coming up on a year of hair loss and open wounds and they still claim to not have a clue…."it's not bird flu, nope! it's not tropical dengue fever,nope! it's not chagas disease, nope! it's not whooping cough…."
    They shoooooo goin sloooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…..the black mystery powder is pulling into the lead for the – how long can researchers take to unravel the obvious…..what could they be holding back?????

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Ummm…that's a good question. What ARE they holding back. I think all us enenewsers know. Hell a year of watching, WE KNOW. 🙁

    • "Regrettable, miscalculations" is what they'll say.

      If large polar bears are suffering what about smaller creatures too? 🙁

      Most scientists, 'experts', are trained to do a year long double blind repeated study of anything before submitting it to a peer review and then making corrections before submitting it again. Then, it must go through censorship prior to being published. Then, somebody actually has to read it. This takes time. Their fear of being wrong or ridiculed holds them back.

      Right now, we don't have that kind of time. It seems strange to me that so many studies have come out a year later. It would have been nice to know that these studies were at least being done. What the initial data suggested perhaps. What other things are being looked at right now that we are not even aware of? What things should be being looked at that aren't? (no data, no foul)

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Just popped up at F311W March 18 2011 The writing translates to 'Tohoku Kanto Great Earthquake'. Then it states, 'What's that cloud'. In the actual conversation they mention Fukushima, and also that they won't be able to sleep…

    • Myme

      The youtube video that you mentioned, F311W March 18 2011, is the smoke rising from the earthquake induced fire at Cosmo oil refinery in Ichihara city, Chiba prefecture. The fire led to a huge explosion and spread to a nearby Chisso Petrochemical company building that stored depleted uranium. That is why high dose of uranium is detected in Chiba.

      Being showered with Fukushima fallout is bad enough (Chiba is just 90 miles from Fuku Daiichi), but the fire atomized the depleted uranium and they could not extinguish the fire for a long time. This is really really bad news, because as I remember seeing some scientist explains, the nano-sized particles stay in people's lungs forever and in total they have greater total surface area of irradiation.

      That uranium plume and Fuku fallout and emission that is going for over a year… Just speechless.

  • Ron

    One thing probably not known by most people is that polar bears are swimmers. Big time. They can go for 60 – 100 miles at a stretch. That's why their scientific name is Ursus maritimus (sea bear).

    So polar bears have been swimming in this contaminated water from day one. And as someone else pointed out they are at the top of the food chain. Their number one food source is seals. Usually ring seals. So not only are they swimming in it, they are eating it.

    This is not to say definitely that Fuku is the cause. Honest research needs to be conducted, and then relayed to the media.

    BTW, not only do they have to put up with radiation, they also have to contend with disappearing sea ice, especially during the summer months, which has led to drownings as even with as good swimmers as they are the spaces between ice floes where they can stop and rest are growing larger and larger. Then there are the PCBs that are found throughout their tissues thanks to the likes of such corporate criminals as Monsanto. If all that isn't enough, they are still hunted both by natives and by whites who don't want them waling through their towns.

    Doesn't look good for the polar bear, a classic evidence for evolution.

    Well at least hardened creationists should be pleased.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Thanks for that excellent post Ron. Polar Bears have always been a favorite of mine. It's all just so damn sad. We are watching "the beginning of the end" imo. BBL

      • americancommntr

        Hey when you can learn all the science necessary, and the chemical and mechanical engineering, and come up with the design, and do all the genetic programming to create a polar bear, in two sexes, able to reproduce, with the female able to provide milk for the cub(s), then you come and talk to creationists. Or, if you can explain how the blood clotting mechanism in people 'evolved', you can come and talk. Or how a woodpecker 'evolved' all at the same time it's: beak, tongue, glands for producing glue and solvent, different types of tongue attachments at the end of the tongue, sheath for storing the tongue, or shock-absorbing brain, then you can come talk to creationists and try to convince them of evolution. Maybe you could just write the genetic coding for one of those things? Hey, if you can make one simple cell, and do it without using your brain and it's intelligence, I'll hear your argument. Otherwise go worship your non-seeing, non-hearing, non-thinking, non-intelligent, idol of random chance, and quit talking in condescending fashion to people who have a far better idea of things than you apparently do.

        • americancommntr

          Address to Ron, Whoopie, sorry.

        • Ron

          Right americancommntr. And when you can build a computer from scratch, starting from discovering electricity, creating electric grids, reinventing power tools, designing the computer, mining the elements, manufacturing the components, building a net, and the gazillion of steps along the way, then you can use one a and comment upon the technology.

          Make sense?

          In other words, you don't have o know every single detail of every single minuscule question (not to say that your examples are any big deal) to be able to understand some truths. Evolution is a fact, get over it already. It doesn't mean there is no God okay?


    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Thanks for that info, Ron.
      Another species we ruined, we're just great. 🙁

  • many moons

    This answers a big question for me….how does the radiation work on destroying the body….cancer would probably be a result from lower doses of radiartion. I can only imagine that the seal, the walrus, the polar bear, and the humans will all have the same problems from these higher dosages of radiation exposure.

    • americancommntr

      According to "World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B-17", by Edward G. Griffin, as scurvy develops in the absence of vitamin C, so cancer develops in the absence of vitamin B-17. W, though we know of course fallout, many chemicals, and other things initiate cancer (and radiation has to be the worst, especially ingested alpha emitters).

      Some 1,200 plants in nature contain B-17, according to that book. There are probably alot more than that.

      Dogs and cats will eat grass to obtain B-17 when they, somehow, know they need it. My grandma had a parrot that ignored the flesh of a ripe apricot once, and went straight for the kernel in the pit. It knew what it needed. That's in the DNA programming. Dogs, cats, and certainly polar bears know what they need and go for it until their appetite says they have enough, at least when they can get it.

      • americancommntr

        There's certainly a desperate interplay going on in polar bears. They are eating what they need to fight cancer growth, can't avoid radionuclide contaminated food, are suffering a great deal of initiation of cancer due to Fukushima and other radionuclide contamination and bioaccumulation, from both radioactivity and toxicity, and at the same time are suffering from a burdened immune system, developing infections they otherwise wouldn't, and having tissues losing the battle to function normally as in skin and hair production.

        Before modern processed food became available, Eskimo people's, who ate a diet very high in fat, hardly ever got cancer, reportedly because they also ate things high in B-17, like the rumen contents of reindeer which grazed lichens high in B-17. Dairy cows pass B-17 on in their milk, and on grass high in B-17, the milk can have 7 times the B-17 content of grass that doesn't.

        Ironically, lichen also bioaccumulates fallout if I remember right. And ironically, so does grass, and dairy cows.

        Calcium can chelate uranium or keep its absorption/deposition to a minimum, and milk is high in calcium.

        What a bunch of paradoxes. It was all working out okay until men decided to use nuclear energy for boiling water to make steam and generate electricity.

        • americancommntr

          "Calcium can chelate uranium or keep its absorption/deposition to a minimum, and milk is high in calcium." forgot to add, and grass and cows can concentrate radionuclide in milk.

          • americancommntr

            And I guess it's just as likely Eskimo/Inuit people's only got cancer because of fallout, come to think of it. Both processed foods and fallout came about the same time.

            It's looking more and more that heart disease and cancer are dominantly due to radioactive fallout from weapons testing and nuclear accidents, more than anything else.

  • alasanon

    Poor babies! What a beautiful animal!!… I have feared for all the many animals in that region. There is no way they can dodge all that radioactive snow and sea…they are going to be feeling it in some respect. The sores are a pretty obvious indication and not a natural adaptatation or injury in that far north environment!
    They need to start shipping the last of the species to the South Pole!!! Save the Polar Bears!! They already are gravely endangered!!! 🙁

    • many moons

      We just might be next on that gravely endangered list…we should start observing Alaskan populations for the same problems as the polar bears have…who knows what we might find. Just like the small towns in the gulf aren't prepared to deal with the health problems they are seeing in their poopulations…who knows what isn't being reported about the health conditions of Alaska's rural poopulations.

  • alasanon

    Think of the STRESS their bodies must be under to produce raw sores in freezing waters!! 🙁 That is not even remotely natural and as a species, they have been designed to survive impossible conditions!!!…
    p.s. The fish in the Gulf of Mexico are also sporting weird open sores, missing scales.. The oceans are now so afflicted…and we totally NEED them, too! 🙁

  • glowfus

    our tests to determine if the sky is blue or not are inconclusive, further tests will be required.

  • Cindy

    Maybe they should check the bears/ seals for Corexit !!

    These wierd skin lesions started in the Gulf , didn't they ? BP dumped the worlds supply of Corexit into the gulf , so this should be looked into…

  • glowfus

    a scientist in japan determined the fuku dose loading in spiders. but, of course, to determine the dose loading in hundreds of large mammals is inconclusive. maybe they should sink the polar bears and seals at sea.

  • fuckyoushima

    they will be immunosuppressed and opportunistic diseases will be prevalent, leading the media and govt to blame those pathogens, rather than the ultimate cause. contaminated food.

    dont expect any government to declare the food supply of millions of people contaminated… ever.

    individuals will have to draw this conclusion for themselves.

  • W8R W8R

    I know I have repeatedly "harped" on this, but:
    Remember, from I-129 up, thru C-137/137, to Pu-and beyond are Toxic heavy metals..As they settle on the surface of the water, the bears are exposed at the neckline.. And these bears show sores and hairloss where?? It isnt radiation, it is caustic poison, the "elephant in the room" people are ignoring…

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Hey W8R…Please harp a little more. Can you define the difference between "caustic poison" (from neckline exposure to these heavy metals) and radiation?? Please! thank you.

    • Anthony Anthony

      You got it. Its a logical and likely physical explanation which also applies to the seals. I was thinking it may be due to the methane increases in their ocean regions.

  • dear jones

    scientist said that one of the lose hair insist they leave the polar bears not because of radiation poisoning.

  • Bobby1

    The Arctic is the planet's most fragile and vulnerable ecosystem

    "To portray the Arctic as little more than a chemical dumpsite would be misleading. Compared with other regions on the face of the globe, the Arctic remains a pristine wilderness. And yet the lexicon of "arctic" pollution is no less fearful than that of industrial regions in North America or Europe. Furans, cadmium, dioxins, chlordane, selenium, PCBs, mercury, radioactive fallout-all are now a part of what has long been regarded as the planet's most vulnerable and fragile ecosystem…

    But while pollution is pollution no matter where it exists, the Arctic does present a potentially more serious situation. Detection, monitoring, and cleanup are difficult due to climatic conditions, remoteness, and the shifting interplay between land and sea-ice. Whereas solar radiation generally speeds the break-down of contaminants, the reduced level of sunlight in the Arctic lengthens the degradation process and increases the likelihood that toxic substances will find their way into the food chain.

    A recent report prepared by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development notes:

    "In making comparisons with other ecosystems, it is, however, important to stress that the lower concentrations detected in the arctic do not diminish the importance of their effects on ecosystem health."

    • Bobby1

      Pollution from lower latitudes is carried into the Arctic by atmospheric circulation and ocean currents. Global atmospheric circulation patterns are such that eastward-moving air masses in northern mid-latitudes become polluted near the surface and then may get carried at moderate or higher elevations to the arctic regions, where they descend and may deposit their impurities…

      By the marine route, pollutants reach the Arctic through one major point of entry, the northeast Atlantic. Chemically stable or slow-reacting pollutants from industrialized eastern North America are carried by winds or rivers into the Atlantic Ocean and then northward by the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Drift into the Arctic Ocean. Augmented by drainage and winds from Europe and by north-flowing Siberian rivers, they are carried under the arctic ice where they remain protected from sunlight and vigorous oxygenation which otherwise would hasten their chemical break-down. By these means, much of the far-travelled and persistent waste products of the industrialized world appear to be ultimately deposited in arctic regions. A portion of these, to which may be added materials deposited directly from the atmosphere, becomes incorporated in the upper layers of Arctic Ocean waters and returned to the Northwest Atlantic, where they sink to lower ocean depths and are carried slowly southward as the Atlantic Deep Water Current, eventually spreading at depth throughout the World Ocean.