20,000 Isotopes Under the Sea

Last October the Newcastle Herald published an account by a yachtsman called Ivan Macfadyen, who sailed his boat from Japan to San Francisco. Amongst other things, the account said this:

No fish. No birds. Hardly a sign of life at all.

“In years gone by I’d gotten used to all the birds and their noises,” he said.

“They’d be following the boat, sometimes resting on the mast before taking off again. You’d see flocks of them wheeling over the surface of the sea in the distance, feeding on pilchards.”

But in March and April this year, only silence and desolation surrounded his boat, Funnel Web, as it sped across the surface of a haunted ocean.

The ocean is broken

The mainstream media picked up on the story, yet none of the MSM included the stuff about radiation that was contained in the original account in the Newcastle Herald (here’s an example from the Guardian). The Los Angeles Times recently ran a report about the almost total collapse of sardine fisheries off the west coast of North America. Amongst other things it said: The reason for the drop is unclear. Sardine populations are famously volatile, but the decline is the steepest since the collapse of the sardine fishery in the mid-20th century (here). I wonder what was going on in the Pacific in the mid-20th century..? Which brings me on to a peer reviewed scientific paper that was published last summer, titled: Cesium, iodine and tritium in NW Pacific waters – a comparison of the Fukushima impact with global fallout which says that the levels of these three radionuclides from the Fukushima disaster is up to 1000 times greater than the fallout from atom bomb tests in the mid-20th century, and the thing to bear in mind here is that this level of radiation is just a few years into the disaster. The three reactors at Fukushima that have melted down are completely out of control – no one can get anywhere near them due to the incredibly high levels of radiation; in fact no one knows exactly where the melted cores are. All that is known is that 1000 tons of groundwater flows beneath the plant every day (Fukushima was built on a river bed). Much of this becomes highly contaminated and goes into the sea. This has been going on since the start of the disaster (getting on for three years now) and will continue indefinitely for decades, because it will be many decades before the melted reactor cores are no longer too hot to handle (almost 30 years later, the melted reactor remains at Chernobyl are still too dangerous to be removed). What we are looking at here, over time, is the death of the Pacific eco system, and a severe impact on the rest of the world’s oceans; that is, unless there is a huge international effort, the like of which has never been seen before, to try and mitigate the impact of the disaster. Last September a group of leading scientists and activists sent a letter the the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, asking for such an international response (here); but don’t hold your breath on that one.

It seems to me, the biggest problem here is that the public are not being made aware of what’s going on. If the public did know the scale of this unfolding catastrophe they would surely demand that the politicians do something about it. The mainstream media is largely corporate controlled, and many of these corporations make bucketloads of money out of the nuclear industry. In Japan, which is now more or less a fascist state, a secrecy law was recently passed that effectively makes it illegal for anyone in Japan to report on the Fukushima disaster. Then we have the huge worldwide corporate propaganda machine that is rapidly killing free and open debate. In a way, human nature plays into the hands of the shills and astroturfers, because it’s natural for people to want to believe that things are safe and under control.

Getting back to 20,000 Isotopes Under the Sea, there are now a large number of local newspaper reports about Pacific wildlife dying off. These reports are from all around the Pacific rim, but are mostly concentrated in the northwest. Hardly any of them mention the ‘F’ word (you’ll notice that the LA Times report I link to above does not mention Fukushima), and instead use terms like ‘a mysterious disease’. Here’s a sample:

Illness plaguing seals and walruses

Oyster crop close to complete ruin

Coast’s starfish dying in record numbers

Dolphins Are Dying and No One Knows Why

Dozens of stranded whales die in New Zealand

Bald eagles dying in Utah; no one sure why

Common bird-killing disease documented in Alaska for 1st time

Mystery ailment is wiping out coast’s starfish

Scientists looking for answers after hundreds of dead turtles wash ashore

Canadian Pacific Fishermen Catch No Sardines in 2013

Normally chatty northern whales have quieted down, Vancouver Aquarium researchers notice

Oarfish deaths in California revive earthquake myths

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