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‘Melting’ Starfish Along West Coast Prompt Fukushima Concerns

Scientists are attempting to find out why one species of starfish is literally melting in the waters off of Washington state and Canada.

Biologists in Seattle took to the Puget Sound waters last weekend to collect sick and healthy sunflower starfish for testing. Several labs including one at Cornell University will examine and compare samples with Canadian specimens already being analyzed.

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

Whether the cause is environmental or disease related is currently unknown, but the number of melting starfish increases drastically with each passing day.

“At this time, we don’t have a good idea of what’s causing it, so we’re going to look for everything,” Christiansen said. “There are a lot of melting sea stars out there, more than even a couple days ago.”

According to Veterinarian Lesanna Lahner, the starfish specie’s 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,” Lahner said.

Strangely, the symptoms have only been seen in certain areas of Washington’s Puget Sound and Canadian waters. While the verdict is still unknown, many are pointing fingers to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, which has continued to leak over 300 tons of highly radioactive water into the ocean every day.

As reported by investigative journalist Michael Snyder, massive evidence of Fukushima’s effect on the West Coast continues to be evident despite the silence from most western media.

Earlier this month, Canadian authorities found massively high radiation levels in sea bass, with one fish showing 1,000 becquerels per kilogram of cesium.

Plankton tested from Hawaii to the West Coast have been found to have high levels of cesium-137, with scientists in California finding the same isotopes present in 15 out of 15 Bluefin Tuna tested.

Even in light of one Canadian study that found cesium-137 present in 100 percent of carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish sold to the Canadian public, western governments have continued to import Japanese sea food.

As radiation levels rise, it is likely the EPA will continue to raise ‘acceptable levels’ of radiation in the food supply. With experts predicting a grim outlook, the best options now available are informing others while protecting one’s thyroid health from increased radiation exposure.

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7 Comments on "‘Melting’ Starfish Along West Coast Prompt Fukushima Concerns"

  1. Jerry McManus on Sat, 2nd Nov 2013 5:34 pm 

    Billions of tons of CO2 pouring out of our smokestacks and tailpipes. Hundreds of tons of highly radioactive water pouring out of melted nuclear reactors.

    What could possibly go wrong?!?

  2. surf on Sat, 2nd Nov 2013 6:14 pm 

    Nuclear wepons testing and other nuclear activities after world war II scattered Cesium, strontium, and plutonium all over the surface of the world. Before fukushima cesium could be found in most fish and it is impossible to tell where the cesium cam from.

    The most likely explanation for the die off of star fish is an unusual bacteria level, type of algae (red tide) or sea weed growth due to pollution and or climate change. All of which have happened before.

  3. GregT on Sat, 2nd Nov 2013 8:40 pm 

    “The most likely explanation for the die off of star fish is an unusual bacteria level, type of algae (red tide) or sea weed growth due to pollution and or climate change. All of which have happened before.”

    Perhaps you should give a lecture to the hundreds of marine biologists that are baffled by this unprecedented phenomenon. I’m sure that they would be comforted to hear that you have solved, what they have not been able to.

  4. PrestonSturges on Sat, 2nd Nov 2013 10:31 pm 

    The “raises concerns” headline signals an avalanche of bullshit as some activist tries to piggyback on a real and unrelated event. Right wingers do this all the time.

  5. rollin on Sun, 3rd Nov 2013 1:11 am 

    Whether or not radiation is the cause, it’s still a heads up for a changing ocean. The numerous sea mammal deaths across several species have been a red flag also.

    At least with the asteroid it was over fairly quickly. We get to helplessly watch mass extinction over 100 year or more, if anyone is left to watch. I wonder how many are paying attention or even care.

  6. Kenz300 on Sun, 3rd Nov 2013 1:36 am 

    TEPCO and the government of Japan are in over their heads. They have not been truthful or honest since the beginning of this disaster.

    The worlds best experts need to be assembled to help contain this ongoing disaster.

  7. SilentRunning on Sun, 3rd Nov 2013 6:10 am 

    these “concerns” will only be justified if the source of the starfish disease turns out to be radiation coming from Japan.

    If it is discovered that the cause is some kind of new “starfish leprosy” the Fukushima Fear Mongers will move on to something else.