30 October 2013, 17:49

Fukushima a possible reason for starfish ‘melting’ along US West Coast

Fukushima a possible reason for starfish ‘melting’ along US West Coast

Sunflower starfish is found literally melting in the waters of Washington state’s Puget Sound and along Canada’s west coast.

Seattle Aquarium biologists Jeff Christiansen said, “We’ve got some sea stars that look like they’re melting on the bottom.”

Seattle Aquarium biologists collected both sick and healthy fish last weekend to have it examined. Several labs, including that at Cornell University are going to look into what caused the melting of Seattle specimens, while samples taken off Canada coast are already being analyzed.

The cause for the disaster hasn’t yet been discovered, as is still unknown whether its nature is environmental or disaster related, while the number of melting starfish is increasing with each passing day.

According to Christiansen, “At this time, we don’t have a good idea of what’s causing it, so we’re going to look for everything.” Veterinarian Lesanna Lahner says that the starfish condition is rapidly deteriorating, with more than half displaying the same disturbing symptoms.

“It’s concerning to hear in a short time period we’re seeing 60% of this species diseased in this area,” she said.

Another stranger and disturbing fact is that the threatening symptoms have only been detected in the US and Canada coastal area. Though the reason has not been found yet, many suggest they should be looked for in Japan, or more precisely, in the Fukushima disaster, which is still leaking 300 tons of highly radioactive water into the ocean daily.

There’s massive evidence of Fukushima’s effect on the West Coast despite the silence from most western media, according to investigative journalist Michael Snyder. For example, earlier this month, Canadian authorities found massively high radiation levels in sea bass, with one fish showing 1,000 becquerels per kilogram of cesium.

Added to that, plankton tested from Hawaii to the West Coast also contained high levels of cesium – 137, while California scientists detected same isotopes in 15 out of 15 Bluefin Tuna tested.

Surprisingly enough, even with the Canadian study showing the presence of cesium – 137 in 100 percent of carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish sold in Canada, Japan food is still being imported.

Voice of Russia, storyleak.com

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