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Scientist Think Sick Seals May Be Radioactive

December 30, 2011 by  

Scientist Think Sick Seals May Be Radioactive

Scientists are investigating whether seals in Alaska that have recently fallen ill are being sickened by radiation from the destroyed Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant.

Several seals have washed up on Alaska’s Arctic coastline since July, suffering or killed by a mysterious disease marked by bleeding lesions on the hind flippers, irritated skin around the nose and eyes and patchy hair loss on fur, according to Reuters.

Scientists initially thought a virus was behind the animal’s illness but have not yet been able to identify one, so they expect radiation may be involved.

“We recently received samples of seal tissue from diseased animals captured near St. Lawrence Island with a request to examine the material for radioactivity,” said John Kelley, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Water tests have not picked up any evidence of elevated radiation in U.S. Pacific waters since the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan that crippled the Fukushima plant, according to the article.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • wandamurline

    Check to see what experiments HAARP is doing. I would like to know exactly what they are doing as I believe that some of the experiments are interfering with the weather.

  • ph

    They think ? It would sure be nice if just for once that these so called geniuses would have proof before they start flinging around all kinds of mis information. Just more scare tatics from the scientific community. Maybe they are radioactively poisoned & then again maybe they are not,but until they can proove it without any doubt they need to keep their mouths shut. These people are pretty close to being on my list that includes Drs,lawyers & politicians. pure slime.

  • dan

    Some friends on the coast were excited about recovering picture and such for the survivors in Fukishima from the debris…but I had to caution them about the latent radioactivity….and to get Geiger counters and use them before they touched ANY items that had been exposed to fallout or contaminated water. Responsible scientists are CAUTIOUS scientists as opposed to the bold/deceased variety.

  • eddie47d

    PH; Would that include Wandamurlines remark. “flinging information around” about HAARP before there is any proof. The big problem is that few conservatives care much about environmental damages and fight safety measures and regulations tooth and nail. Why would they care about a few dead seals unless it Directly effects them. There are cesspools of environmental damages all over the world which bring a shrug of the shoulders. Then comes the attacks against those who expose environmental damages as kooks,tree huggers and government patsies. Why do you think we still have so many Superfund sites that haven’t been cleaned up right here in our country. The thing is if the seals are being affected what is happening to the fish we eat and to larger creatures like whales. The balance of nature is becoming very unbalanced but should we care? The debris field from Fukushima is swirling in the Pacific and is of the coast of the Midway Islands right now. It will soon be near Hawaii and then by early 2014 it will hit the California coast. Not that we can stop it or even clean it up but we will feel the effects of that meltdown for a few more years.

    • steve

      Most of the money allocated to superfund sites seems to go into paying left leaning lawyers who file endless suits until they have managed to drain every dollar from a project and then move on to the next. Ya the left and the rights view of saving the environment. The right are mostly conservationist and the left are mostly environmentalists. One side wants to keep people from screwing with nature and let nature do what it has done from the beginning of time and the other side wants to build a utopia that is their dream of what the wild should be.

      • Lastmanstanding

        What do these huge superfund sites have in common?

        They require a huge amount of money from the taxpayer…(it is always disguised as money from some big corp…shh!) which makes the left happy beyond belief! and usually it is moved to someone elses backyard…to be used at a later date for more of the same!

        These projects require a HUGE amount of fossil fuels, gigantic construction equipment and create lots of jobs…(again supporting the big corps…shh!) which makes the right happy as hell!

        Common thread…everyone ends up happy…at the expense of others…except those of us that realize what is going on.

      • eddie47d

        Well Steve if those corporations took responsibility and allocated funds to clean up after themselves then there wouldn’t be a mess to begin with. Lawyers seldom come into play unless somebody is doing something wrong or the same corporations use those lawyers to help cover up what they did wrong. Conservatives/corporations abandoned these Superfund sites to the taxpayer so shouldn’t the taxpayer be mad at them instead of those who want to right a wrong.

        • Joe H.

          eddie,
          I have to call BS on you yet again!!! As long as there are people wanting to get rich quick, there will always be a need for lawyers. Just like the lady that sued for the hot coffee from Mickey Ds. If the coffee was cold she would have b!tched to the management about that. Then to place it between her legs and drive, well that was just plain STUPID!!! As long as people like her exist, there will be a need for defense lawyers!!!

        • eddie47d

          More BS from moonhead Joe1

        • http://deleted Claire

          Has anyone seen the advertisiment put out by BP? BP is promoting tourism in Mississippi, Louisiana—all the Gulf states.

          • Joe H.

            Claire,
            yup, my wife and I were laughing about that the other day!!!

    • R.Cook

      It could be that some of the push back against environmental fanatics is caused within their own group. For instance:

      Dr. Stephen Schneider gives us another example of the dishonesty sometimes associated with environmentalists posing as unbiased scientists. The following statement has been attributed to him:
      “To capture the public imagination, we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” (Interview for “Discover” magazine, Oct 1989)
      Science is the search for truth and should be devoid of sensationalism on either side.

    • Ranchman

      Are you freakin’ kidding me?!!? I’m a Conservate, no, a Christian Conservative, and I’m totally concerned about the radiation coming from Fukushima. I’m really beginning to believe the other people on this blog, you’re a full flaming liberal with absolutely no sense at all, “eddie.” Grow up and quit flinging your insults around to everyone, it’s getting really old. Get some help, get a dog, get something for crying out loud.

  • Lastmanstanding

    There is damn little coverage by the msm about anything regarding fukashima…here is a site http.//seeker401.wordpress.com/ that actively has info regarding fukashima.

    An article yesterday and in previous weeks indicates that nuclear material has possibly burned through all containment safeguards and into the earths crust.

    True?…who knows for sure…I do my own research and decide what is best for my family and friends…I no longer believe one damn thing that I am told by our govt officials.

    I support God (and vice versa!) and I will support Ron Paul…what is wrong with a human that wants peace throughout the world?

    Have faith in the real things folks…it is all that we have left.

  • http://Boblivingston Gottaplenty

    It is a fundamental truth if anything about radiation is in the favor of the left idiots . They have no proof of a dam thing but are the ultamate authority.. sheeesh

  • jopa

    Those seals have the same symptoms as the guys working at the Toyota dealership down the street.Buy American.

    • http://deleted Claire

      jopa–I will agree with you–buy American.

  • hoser

    Scientist Think? Great; even our scientists are dumbing-down like our judges / judicial system. Oh the humanity…..

  • BSG

    When Godzilla comes out on Whikiki then all doubt will be abolished.

  • http://deleted Claire

    This photo of the seal does not surprise me. Sometimes I think the human race is hellbent on destroying Earth and all the wildlife. Go ahead, call me a greenie and whatever name you want. I am concerned for the Earth and all wildlife. Humans must take precautions when drilling, mining, and constructing pipelines. There are too many “lax” and uncaring people now. Take a good look at that seal above–what will everyone think and do when that happens to humans beings? And it could very well happen, maybe not in my lifetime but certainly in the future. I have often thought that America will become a giant slab of concrete. Am I an environmentalist? You betcha. Am I an animal lover? You betcha.

  • Sandy Daniels

    thats your “clean energy” lies exposed

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