PETA & Animal Lovers
01:52 PM Sep 27, 2014 -8438- Fukushima Worker: All sorts of troubles going on in plant; Officials won’t tell public what really happens - People should worry, it’s not under control - Employees wear disguises over fear of retaliation - Reporter: Tour of plant was very strange… feels completely dead… not many people (VIDEO)
05:27 PM Sep 26, 2014 -8437- Newly released data shows Florida hit with highest level of radioactive material from Fukushima measured anywhere in world outside Japan - 1st out of more than 1,500 test results - total radioactive iodine 5x amount reported
01:06 AM Sep 26, 2014 -8436- Nuclear Expert: We found mystery Fukushima plutonium; Why it’s there is yet to be understood, this was not expected - U.S. Gov’t Expert: I don’t want to go down the rabbit hole too far… There’s speculation about plutonium fuel and about what other fuel they were using (VIDEO)
04:16 PM Sep 24, 2014 -8434- Leader of Fukushima plant started staggering… mumbling it’s all over before last reactor melted - Appears to collapse, has visions while motionless on floor - Top official bursts into tears at meeting - No way to prevent utter catastrophe - Chilling sound soon heard, gaping hole in reactor suspected
06:29 PM Sep 23, 2014 -8433- Japan nuclear waste poisons wildlife - 99% offspring eating low-level contamination[ii] food dies - severe & rare deformities from small rad doses (PHOTOS -[iii])
Little animals suffer, too
-8433.1- aka -8232- see endnote 204-[iv]: New study reveals deaths and mutations increased sharply from exposure to Fukushima contamination, especially at low doses - ‘Small’ levels of cesium may be ‘significantly toxic’ - Smithsonian: In other words, things don’t look good for the animals living around Fukushima (PHOTOS -[v] [vi])
01:01 AM Sep 23, 2014 -8432- Gov’t Expert: Fallout in California thousands of times higher than we expected for several days after Fukushima explosions - Orders of magnitude above estimates at start of crisis, even though estimations based on Chernobyl - Article: Releases at these levels would mean many hundreds of kilograms of many other fission products (MAP)
02:17 PM Sep 21, 2014 -8431- VIDEO: Radioactive material flows toward Tokyo - contaminates Tokyo water supply; problems worse - Gov’t Expert: TEPCO should give up making ice walls
08:47 PM Sep 20, 2014 -8430- Fukushima plant plagued by problems - radioactive material bleeds into Pacific - Radiation level in groundwater 25,000x higher than when year began
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) - NM
10:25 PM Sep 19, 2014 -8429- Reuters: Investigation suggests another drum with plutonium ruptured at U.S. nuclear site - TV: There are new concerns at WIPP that there could be another radiation leak (VIDEO)
03:39 PM Sep 19, 2014 -8428- Bizarre deaths after exposure at U.S. nuclear site - my whole family’s dead; Mom eaten up by tumors, could see them growing; Dad had masses suddenly erupt all over; brother died at birth - incredible number of colleagues killed by cancer, 2-3% alive-[vii] (VIDEO)
-8428.1- aka -6934- TV: Many young people in Fukushima who are in high school have died suddenly; Officials ignore all the problems - Former Mayor: People are always told any disease they have is not caused by radiation (VIDEO) Jan 17, 2014
-8428.2- aka -8190- NBC News: ‘Biblical devastation’ from Fukushima disaster, says former official - TV: When I was mayor, I knew many people who died from heart attacks… many people in Fukushima died suddenly, even young people… Tepco employees also are dying, but everyone is keeping mum about it (VIDEO) Apr 23, 2014
-8428.4- aka -5042- TV: US sailors having traits associated with radiation poisoning after Japan operation - Bleeding from rectum - Baby with birth defects - Cancer - Thyroid problems (VIDEO) Dec 29, 2012
-8428.5- aka -8525- Video: Cemetery blocks filled with babies downwind of US nuclear site - This needs to be talked about, the children… murdered - Mother: My newborns died within hours, tumors all over, brain disintegrated after massive stroke - Body parts, cadavers, fetuses… the nuclear industry took in the dead of night… from all over U.S. Dec 16, 2014
06:18 PM Sep 18, 2014 -8427- Leader of Fukushima Study: Intense exposure headed toward U.S. west coast; Plume traveling very fast via oceanic jet stream - High concentrations to impact California coastal areas; Prolonged period of radioactive upwelling expected (VIDEO)
10:02 AM Sep 18, 2014 -8426- Fukushima radiation major threat to survival of baby birds - Immediate and worrisome impacts on marine wildlife discussed - More damage to come as radioactive material biomagnifies in food chain
09:20 PM Sep 17, 2014 -8425- VIDEO: Gov’t experts suspicious of Japan claim nobody suffered acute radiation syndrome after Fukushima - Many workers were ill - had to lay on cardboard - out of beds - officials repeatedly talked of death - CBS: Reports of people with radiation sickness
12:07 PM Sep 17, 2014 -8424- Gov’t Scientists: Unusual occurrence off west coast of U.S., Canada - unprecedented - will dramatically reduce productivity in 6,500 sq. miles of ocean - anomaly extends across Pacific to Japan-[viii] (MAP-[ix])
09:55 AM Sep 17, 2014 -8424.1- Strong quake rocks Eastern Japan, biggest this year - Fukushima Officials: Experts say Magnitude 8 quake will occur offshore; temporary seawall built as measure against the accompanying tsunami aftershock (VIDEO)
Hanford: Rapid rise - babies missing brains & spinal cords stick out
12:31 PM Sep 16, 2014 -8423- Rapid rise in babies with missing brains and spinal cords sticking out in area surrounding most contaminated nuclear site in U.S. - Mother: Actual number is way higher than officials are reporting (VIDEO)
08:58 AM Sep 15, 2014 -8422- Ocean hits record high for radioactive Strontium at all 6 locations near Fukushima reactors - Levels up to 20 times higher than reported last week - Officials: Contamination from highly radioactive debris is seeping into ground and flowing out to sea
01:42 AM Sep 15, 2014 -8421- Journalist on popular Japan news program found dead - only person reporting about Fukushima on national TV - Chilling recent quote: I want you to know I will never commit suicide - no news coverage of death, no obituary, strange nuclear message on air (VIDEO)
09:45 PM Sep 14, 2014 -8420- Expert: Plutonium contamination of Pacific Ocean food chain from Fukushima now suspected; Real source of potential long term problems for humans - Newspaper: Leakage of highly contaminated water into sea must be dealt with immediately - Gov’t: Effect on health of U.S. public not significant (VIDEO)
06:51 PM Sep 13, 2014 -8419- Report: Worry over nuclear fuel hitting aquifer under Fukushima plant after melting through concrete - TV: Raging meltdown going on even as we speak… they still don’t have control of 3 melted cores (VIDEO)
04:34 AM Sep 13, 2014 -8418- U.S. Gov’t issues highest level warning for geomagnetic storm currently impacting Earth - Potential to reach Extreme category on NOAA scale; complete collapse of grid systems possible
06:45 PM Sep 12, 2014 -8417- Gov’t Expert: There’s been a giant magnetic explosion on sun… it’s pointed right at us - CBC: One of biggest possible solar flares - NOAA: Coronal mass ejections arrived; Strong G3 level storm to hit Saturday - TV: Largest nuclear operator in U.S. prepared to take action… to protect our systems (VIDEO)
03:57 PM Sep 12, 2014 -8416- Top-Secret Fukushima Interview: All the melted nuclear fuel will escape from containment vessel … it’s completely exposed - Nuclear annihilation of entire eastern part of Japan envisioned
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) - NM
-8415- Plutonium found in city nearly 30 miles from U.S. nuclear site - explosion melted through container causing radioactive release - More Pu-241 went airborne than all other types of plutonium combined-[x], yet not included in test results
-8415.2- Area that includes City of Carlsbad affected greater by WIPP release than anywhere else in surrounding 50-mile region
03:07 PM Sep 11, 2014 -8414- Secret Fukushima Testimony: Plant chief considered disemboweling himself after explosions… I should kill myself - Smoke seen at No. 3 reactor before blast, figured this was end of plant - At start of crisis I was in despair… panicking… could not afford to logically think
09:00 AM Sep 10, 2014 -8413- Head Scientist: I used to think I knew why mystery epidemic is decimating millions of West Coast starfish, but now I don’t - toxic pollution suspected - Fukushima not dismissed as cause - California Professor: Significant levels of fallout got into our coastal food web
08:06 PM Sep 9, 2014 -8412- EPA: Models show greater potential impact to U.S. West Coast from rainfall containing Fukushima radioactive material - California sea water with over 10 Million pCi/m3 of iodine-131 found in sample squeezed out of seaweed
03:08 PM Sep 9, 2014 -8411- Senior Scientist: Fukushima reactors like Swiss cheese; No one knows how far melted nuclear fuel has spread - Newspaper: Highly radioactive water thought to be coming up from ground and directly into open ocean, bypassing plants bay; Other substances making contamination more serious (VIDEO)
01:00 AM Sep 9, 2014 -8410- Fukushima: release 10,000x larger than nuclear regulators predicted
08:21 AM Sep 8, 2014 -8409- Japan Gov’t: Tokyo area hit with unnoticed wave of Fukushima radioactive material - Newspapers: Heavily contaminated… High-concentration radiation - Prime Minister: We were right on the verge of evacuating 50 million people (AUDIO)
Sea lions die from organs falling out of place, tumors, accumulated pus
08:20 PM Sep 6, 2014 -8408- California sea lions dying from organs falling out of place, tumors, accumulation of puss inside bodies (PHOTOS) - -[xi] Marine mammal deaths reported by The Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito, Calif) since June 2014 (domoic acid-related deaths excluded):
(12) Abscess: Collection of pus in tissue of t body
(1) Carcinoma: Cancer that begins when altered or damaged DNA occurs so that cells become transformed, and begin to exhibit abnormal malignant properties.
(1) Cardiomyopathy: Heart muscle disease – deterioration of the heart muscle, usually leads to heart failure
(1) Coccidioidomycosis: Fungal disease - serious complications may occur in patients with weakened immune systems
(2) Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation: Blood clots [that can] lead to multiple organ damage - clotting is disrupted - severe bleeding can occur
(7) Neoplasia: Commonly referred to as a tumor - malignant neoplasm is a cancer
(6) Otostrongylus: Lungworms in lungs or heart of seals
(3) Peritonitis: Inflammation of tissue lining inner wall of abdomen - may result from infection (often due to rupture of a hollow organ)
(4) Pneumonia: Inflammatory condition of the lung
(6) Prolapse: Latin for to fall out - organs, such as the uterus, fall down or slip out of place - organs protruding through vagina or rectum
(3) Pyothorax: Accumulation of pus in the pleural cavity
(2) Renal Failure: Kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products from the blood
(5) Septicemia: Potentially fatal whole-body inflammation caused by severe infection
-8408.1- also see: CBS San Francisco: Record number of sick seals & sea lions - large pockets of green and yellow puss all over their body (PHOTO & VIDEOS) Apr 20, 2014
-8408.2- also see: Federal gov’t declares Unusual Mortality Event in So. California - 70% of all newborn sea lions may be dying - Testing for toxins, infectious agents (VIDEO) Mar 28, 2013
-8408.3- also see: Alarm as record numbers of seals and sea lions ‘starving to death’ along California coast - calls coming nonstop - washing ashore May 4, 2014
-8408.4- also see: NBC: Record level of sick or injured California seals and sea lions turning up - numbers are extraordinary - pups should be weighing 2x or 3x as much, severely malnourished (VIDEO) Apr 18, 2014
-8408.5- also see: TV: Huge increase in dead and sick sea mammals on California coast - Unprecedented numbers, annual record broken in 7 months - starving, drooling, brain damaged, suffering seizures - Sea lions ‘mysteriously’ vanishing on other side of Pacific - Experts: We don’t know what’s happening (VIDEO) Aug 3, 2014
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) – NM
05:16 PM Sep 6, 2014 -8407- Top Official: Really concerned over radiation release at U.S. nuclear site; Feds have put a noose around scientific personnel… they refuse to reveal crucial information about WIPP disaster - Investigators becoming suspicious - Nuclear Expert: Sure seems like there’s a cover-up (AUDIO)
09:38 AM Sep 5, 2014 -8406- Killer whales die along Pacific coast - sick, emaciated - population at lowest level in decades - steep decline began after 2011 - no babies born past 2 years - alarming changes in behavior observed; social structure splintering- - [xii] (PHOTO -[xiii]) add’l matr’l [xiv]
11:02 AM Sep 4, 2014 -8405- Fukushima radionuclides in West Coast groundwater; discharging into Pacific Ocean - fallout found in meat and fish from same area - routinely in plant life long after March 2011--[xv]
09:38 PM Sep 3, 2014 -8404- California Nuclear Plant Engineer: We were hit by explosion at Fukushima Unit 3 (MAP) - public started to freak out - tell colleagues what radioactive material is coming their way… don’t notify public - don’t release initial data to officials until they’re onboard
03:48 PM Sep 2, 2014 -8403- TV: Starfish on Pacific coast - babies die so quickly - just disappear- -[xvi]- change in seawater could have activated deadly pathogen - ecosystem changes now appearing (VIDEO)
12:18 PM Sep 2, 2014 -8402- Fukushima forecast used by Gov’t shows nuclear waste crossing ocean in single massive cluster - maximum concentration propagates eastward in Pacific toward U.S. - Highest levels worldwide remain along coast of N. America thru 2026 (VIDEO)
 California sea lions dying from organs falling out of place, tumors, accumulation of puss inside bodies
 Killer whales die along Pacific coast - sick, emaciated - population at lowest level in decades - Steep decline began after 2011 - No babies born past 2 years - alarming changes in behavior observed; social structure splintering
 Starfish on Pacific coast - babies die so quickly - just disappear
[ii] PhysOrg, Sep 23, 2014 (emphasis added): In a previous study, the group [of university researchers] suggested that eating leaves with high levels of radiation seriously affected the pale grass blue butterfly. Their new study investigated the effect of eating leaves with much lower levels of radiation… Joji Otaki, University of Rukyus, says… Our study demonstrated that eating contaminated foods could cause serious negative effects on organisms. Such negative effects may be passed down the generations… eating non-contaminated food improves the negative effects…
AAAS, Sep 22, 2014: Fukushima radiation still poisoning insects - Eating food contaminated with radioactive particles may be more perilous than thought… The findings from Otaki’s group are groundbreaking, says Timothy Mousseau, a biologist at the University of South Carolina… there have been almost no studies on how ingestion of radiation-tainted foods affect wildlife.
Study by University of the Ryukyus and Nagasaki University researchers, published Sep 23, 2014: [We] examined the effects of low-level-contaminated diets… The mortality rate increased linearly in accordance with an increase of the cesium… Remarkably, the mortality rate of the Koriyama group [.04 Bq per larva] was 53% [in the first generation]… We discovered various morphological abnormalities in the surviving adults… severe and rare abnormalities shown in Figure 5 might imply the effects of a contaminated diet. Only three [that ate] Okinawa leaves [1760 km from Fukushima Daiichi] showed very minor morphological abnormalities… As observed in the F1 [first] generation, various morphological abnormalities were detected in the surviving F2 [second generation] adults… very high mortality and abnormality rates [were] recorded… low-dose effects were clearly detected… results suggest that low-dose ingestion of approximately 100 Bq/kg may be seriously toxic to certain organisms… The biological effects of ingesting the contaminated diets were more severe in the F2 generation…
Koriyama [60 km from Fukushima Daiichi] F1 group and the Koriyama F2 group obtained from the Koriyama F1 adults were 53.0% and 79%, respectively
Motomiya [also 60 km] F1 group and the Motomiya F2 group obtained from the Motomiya F1 adults were 31.2% and 99%, respectively… very small number of surviving adults
Prof. Otaki: Many theoreticians and politicians have claimed [that Fukushima has caused] no harmful biological effects… Even worse, some biologists have claimed that there are no biological impacts… to our surprise, leaves contaminated at relatively low levels… resulted in a mortality rate of more than 50%… Moreover, the sensitivity of the offspring generation increased, resulting in very high mortality rates… it is widely believed among modern biologists that insights obtained from one biological system are largely applicable to other systems…
[iv] Little animals suffer too
Smithsonian Magazine, May 14, 2014: Even Tiny Amounts of Radioactive Food Made Caterpillars Become Abnormal Butterflies Researchers in Japan discovered, even a small amount of radiation is too much. The scientists collected plant material from around Fukushima and fed it to pale grass blue butterfly caterpillars. When the caterpillars turned into butterflies, they suffered from mutations and were more likely to die early [... even if they] had only eaten a small amount of artificial cesium In other words, things don’t look good for the animals living around Fukushima.
Nature - Scientific Reports (pdf), Published May 15, 2014: [We] examined possible relationships between the dose of ingested cesium per larva and the mortality and abnormality rates. Both the mortality and abnormality rates increased sharply, especially at low doses the mortality and abnormality rates increased sharply, especially at low doses. Additionally, there seemed to be no threshold level below which no biological response could be detected. the dose-response data suggests that the relatively small level of artificial cesium from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP may be significantly toxic to some individuals in butterfly populations the half lethal [i.e. LD50, amount that will kill 50% of a test subjects] dose [is 1.9 Bq per larva] and the half abnormal dose [is 0.76 Bq per larva] relatively small [levels] of artificial cesium from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP may be significantly toxic to some individuals in butterfly populations we assert that the half lethal and abnormal doses we obtained were quite high. it should be noted that we sampled contaminated leaves from Fukushima City, which many people inhabit as though nothing had happened Implications of the half lethal and abnormal doses we obtained in the present study will impact future discussions on the effects of radioactive exposure on other organisms, including humans. In conclusion, it is important to recognize the risk of internal radiation exposure due to ingested radioactive cesium, at least for the pale grass blue butterfly, and likely for certain other organisms living in the polluted area, possibly including humans.
[vii] KING 5 News, Sep 17, 2014: Hanford - Investigators expose a continuing pattern - If you work at Hanford and speak up about safety concerns, watch out. Chances are you’ll be met with harassment, intimidation, and the end of your career - Hanford’s tank farms hold the deadliest substances on Earth - Shelly Doss: If you just ignore the rules - you risk contaminating the person - contaminating the environment - These were blatant violations - Managers said she was to ignore that and 5 other major violations - They were very angry because they’d been getting away with it. - After 23 years - Shelly Doss was - fired - In the last year, they fired - 2 high-profile Hanford managers who blew the whistle. >> Watch video here
- Part I at 0:15 in - My brother - is one of the many infants who died shortly after birth in what is now known to be the Hanford downwind area.
- Part 2 at 12:30 in -My father died of thyroid cancer 3 years ago. He was a nuclear safety engineer at Hanford who believed that there was nothing wrong there - I have severe thyroid disease and my mother had thyroid disease. There’s no history of thyroid disease anywhere in our family - My whole family’s dead now - My mother died this March of rapidly metastatic malignant melanoma - just took over her body. It killed her in 6 weeks. I’m not saying this to evoke pity but to educate people.
- Part 3 at 1:00 in - The most logical reason I’ve heard for why this information on radiation - wasn’t shared with the public is liability. The government doesn’t want to deal with people’s health problems caused by the involuntary exposures.
- Part 4 at 1:30 in - My dad didn’t want to admit that he had thyroid problems, because he was a nuclear engineer and said nothing was wrong with Hanford - It erupted almost overnight into masses and went all over his body - Then he suddenly had 20 masses in his lungs. I thought, ‘This is like a science fiction movie,’ because it’s moving much faster than cancer ever moves - He received a letter from the Dept. of Energy - saying in response to his letter asking whether he had ever been a subject of human radiation experiment, yes he had been.
- Part 4 at 6:30 in - In March this happens again - My mom's whole body is getting eaten up by malignant melanoma. There are tumors everywhere, they are just growing all over. You could see them growing in her stomach, it was surreal. These two people died deaths which are very bizarre; you don’t see this in normal life. It’s like you take a science fiction movie - look at this person getting eaten up - If I simply state the facts, the American Nuclear Society and DOE accuse me of being emotional and over-involved - They say thyroid cancer’s a slow-moving disease and people don’t die.
- Part 5 at 1:00 in - Last Christmas my mother was still alive - I was going to Oak Ridge for a meeting and my mom said you could visit our old friends - she listed 6 couples - she just kept saying, ‘No, they’re dead. No that’s right, they died - Well, they’re all dead, I guess you don’t have to visit any of them.’ She didn’t think it remarkable that they’re all dead - There’s this incredible number of my parents’ colleagues who are dead from cancer - They just didn’t want to put 2 + 2 together and say, ‘Everybody’s dead from cancer, isn’t that weird?’ Yes, it is weird -and now you are both dead of cancer mom and dad - just the strangest, fast-moving cancers. If you could put all my parents friends together would be just 2% to 3% of them alive still, it is so amazing.
- Part 5 at 13:00 in - No family history of thyroid disease yet 4 of 4 members of my family developed it - There are lots of families with multiple incidence.
[viii] North Pacific Marine Science Organization (pdf), Summer 2014: In March 2014 there was something very unusual occurring in the Northeast (NE) Pacific that might have substantial consequences for biota in the Gulf of Alaska and southward into the subtropics… we see SST departures of 4.5 standard deviations… The anomaly field covers a large region of the N.E. Pacific… The authors of this article have never seen such deviations… Something as extraordinary as a 4.5-sigma deviation requires corroboration… Argo data verify the very large temperature departures… and similar large deviations in salinity… the event is primarily restricted to the upper 100 meters of the water… In most years, a winter region of high productivity is created by this Ekman transport… Without nutrients from the subarctic, the productivity of subtropical waters must decline… Between 30-40°N, surface chlorophyll dropped to 60% of the average values… weakened nutrient transport from subarctic into subtropics this past winter will dramatically reduce the productivity of the eastern subtropics over an area of ~17,000 km² ~6,500 miles².
Productivity refers to the rate of generation of biomass in an ecosystem. Productivity of autotrophs such as plants is called primary productivity… Almost all life on earth is directly or indirectly reliant on primary production… the base of the food chain
[x] Carlsbad Current-Argus, Sept. 9, 2014: DOE will provide WIPP update next week - It appears the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is far from reopening… According to photographic evidence made public by the DOE, it appears a chemical reaction caused an explosion inside one of the waste drums. The explosion melted through portions of the drum, and the incident triggered a small release of americium and plutonium into the outside air about half a mile from the facility.
Plutonium… about half a mile from the facility? Recently published air monitoring data from the state of New Mexico indicates that soon after the WIPP radioactive release 3 types of plutonium were found nearly 30 miles away in Carlsbad, the state’s 10th largest city. The levels were similar to those found within the nuclear site’s boundary:
- WIPP NW Border, 2/21-2/28: Plutonium-238 = 015 pCi/sample (Lab minimum detectable activity MDA = 0.0082)
- WIPP site, 2/21-2/28: Plutonium-239/240 = 0092 pCi/sample (MDA = 0.0062)
- WIPP site, 2/28-3/11: Plutonium-238 = 027 pCi/sample (MDA = 0.024)
- Carlsbad, 25+ mi. away, 2/28-3/11: Plutonium-238 = 016 pCi/sample (MDA = 0.0074)
- Carlsbad, 25+ mi. away, 2/28-3/11: Plutonium-239/240 = 022 pCi/sample (MDA = 0.0074)
More Plutonium-241 was released from WIPP than all other plutonium isotopes combined, yet officials have not included it in any publicly available test results:
- Plutonium-241 = 15,900 dpm
- Plutonium-239/240 = 11,600 dpm
- Plutonium-238 = 514 dpm
[xi] California sea lions dying from organs falling out of place, tumors, accumulation of puss inside bodies
Marine mammal deaths reported by The Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito, Calif) since June 2014 (domoic acid-related deaths excluded):
(12) Abscess: Collection of pus… in the tissue of the body
(1) Carcinoma: Cancer that begins… when altered or damaged DNA occurs to such an extent that the cells become transformed, and begin to exhibit abnormal malignant properties.
(1) Cardiomyopathy: Heart muscle disease… deterioration… of the… heart muscle… usually leading to heart failure
(1) Coccidioidomycosis: Fungal disease… Serious complications may occur in patients with weakened immune systems
(2) Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation: Blood clots that can lead to multiple organ damage… clotting is disrupted and severe bleeding can occur
(7) Neoplasia: Commonly referred to as a tumor… A malignant neoplasm is a cancer
(6) Otostrongylus: Lungworms… in lungs or heart of seals
(3) Peritonitis: Inflammation of… tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen… may result from infection (often due to rupture of a hollow organ)
(4) Pneumonia: Inflammatory condition of the lung
(6) Prolapse: Latin for to fall out - Organs, such as the uterus, fall down or slip out of place… organs protruding through the vagina or the rectum
(3) Pyothorax: Accumulation of pus in the pleural cavity
(2) Renal Failure: Kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products from the blood
(5) Septicemia: Potentially fatal whole-body inflammation caused by severe infection
[xii] Killer whales die along Pacific coast - sick, emaciated - population at lowest level in decades - Steep decline began after 2011 - No babies born past 2 years - Alarming changes in behavior observed; social structure splintering
Kitsap Sun, Sept 2, 2014: … deaths reduce orca population to lowest level in 30 years - The endangered killer whale population in Puget Sound continues to decline… it's dropped to 78… according to Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research. No new calves have been born to the three pods since 2012, he said. And, alarmingly, the social structure among the orcas appears to be splintering. He compiles an annual census of the population for submission to the federal government. The past few years, the pods have divided themselves into small groups, sometimes staying together but often staying apart… Balcomb suggests that the primary factor for the population decline is a lack of food for the killer whales… The two orcas that are missing and presumed dead are L-53, a 37-year-old female named Lulu; and L-100, a 13-year-old male named Indigo… population has gone… from 88 in 2011 to 78 today.
Killer Whales of BC, Aug 26, 2014: After the confirmation of the deaths of L53 Lulu and L100 Indigo are more bad news… Orca live confirmed that Plumper age 37 has not been sighted since 8/21/14 and now is considered missing. Also Pointer age 39 did not return with his family and is also missing. Both boys were spotted with a Peanuthead…Rest in Peace!!! You will be missed!!! New information which unfortunately are coming directly from Port McNeil not better. Also the young I63 age 24 is missing. She did not return with her family. R.I.P. young lady.
Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions, Aug 22, 2014: A37 Plumper… this is a tough image for me to look at and share. It shows a very sick, emaciated, slow moving and shallow breathing brother of one of the most iconic families of Northern Resident Killer Whales… Sad to think maybe this will be my last image of him. Tonight Orcalive posted that as Plumper and his Brother Kaikash pushed through the tide in Blackney Pass Plumper was lagging way behind and not able to fight the current… both were pushed back and Plumper looked so exhausted he almost wasn’t even surfacing… poor guy… He drifted slowly beside us very close to the surface, and I could look down on top of him… so skinny…
Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research: What we’re seeing with this weird association pattern… a fragmentation of the formal social structure, and you can see that fragmentation going further. They are often staying miles and miles apart and not interacting.
See also: Researchers predict west coast killer whales will exceed 1,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium -- Over 10 times gov't limit in Japan -- Concern about harm to humans, sea life -- Expert: People eating large amounts of fish may have levels similar to whales
[xiv] Researchers predict west coast killer whales will exceed 1,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium -- Over 10 times gov't limit in Japan -- Concern about harm to humans, sea life -- Expert: People eating large amounts of fish may have levels similar to whales
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mar. 12, 2014: Ocean currents are driving those nuclear particles from Japan to our coastline, and more radiation is likely to be dumped into the ocean there is concern that the accumulation, especially of the long-lasting cesium-137, will eventually be harmful to sea life and us. certain models suggest that in 30 years, Cesium 137 levels in (killer) whales will exceed the Canadian guideline of 1,000 becquerels per kilogram for consumption of seafood by humans - 10 times the Japanese guideline. Scientists focus on whales because, like us, they are at the top of the food chain and eat a lot of fish. So, radiation levels in them is something like a canary in a coal mine for radiation pollution.
Canada.com, Mar. 12, 2014: Researchers developed a model based on the diet of fish-eating killer whales The models suggest that in 30 years, Cesium 137 levels in the whales will exceed the Canadian guideline of 1,000 becquerels per kilogram for consumption of seafood by humans - 10 times the Japanese guideline. Juan Jose Alava of Simon Fraser University said, The Canadian government is the one that should be doing something, should be taking action to keep monitoring to see how these contaminants are behaving, what are the levels, and what is next. While the additional impact of Cesium 137 is unknown, it may negatively affect the immune system or endocrine system, Alava said. The impact on the animal needs to be studied. This is part of a cumulative impact on the marine environment. The results raise concerns for aboriginal people who maintain a diet heavy in fish. We might expect similar results because the diet of First Nation communities is based on seafood, Alava said. Humans at the top of the food web can perhaps see increasing levels in the future.
[xvi] Starfish on Pacific coast - babies die so quickly - just disappear