Melting Starfish and Dead Orcas in the Pacific Ocean

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Recently there have been reports  of starfish melting in both aquariums and the Pacific Ocean off the West Coast of North America, the Orca death rate is also on the rise. Oddly enough, none of the mainstream media outlets covering these stories are mentioning the possibility of Fukushima radiation as a legitimate suspect.

Here is an article about the Starfish:

Biologists search for cause of sea star deaths

Divers were out in Puget Sound waters Saturday to see if they can help solve a mystery. Scientists are trying to figure out what’s causing one species of starfish to die in parts of Puget Sound and the waters off of Canada.

Seattle Aquarium biologists Jeff Christiansen and Joel Hollander suited up in scuba gear in their search for answers.  “We’re going to look for both healthy and potentially diseased sea stars,” Christiansen explained. “We’ve got some sea stars that look like they’re melting on the bottom.”

The same thing is happening in the waters near Canada and nobody’s sure why.  The cause could be environmental or perhaps driven by disease.

“We often think viral when we think of sea star disease,” Veterinarian Lesanna Lahner explained.  “At this time, we don’t have a good idea of what’s causing it, so we’re going to look for everything.”

Just a few weeks ago, the populations in Puget Sound waters near the aquarium looked healthy.  Saturday, biologists were surprised by what they saw.

“There are a lot of melting seas tars out there, more than even a couple days ago” Christiansen said.  “There would be a healthy animal in really close proximity to a sick animal; there was no concentration of sick ones and concentration of good ones.”

Lahner took the healthy and sick animals that were gathered into the lab so they could gather samples.

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

The samples will go to Cornell University and another lab in New York where the samples from Canada are already being analyzed.  They hope to have results within a few weeks.

So far it’s only impacting the sunflower species of sea star, but biologists say there is a delicate balance in these waters and when one species is hurting, it threatens to impact the entire ecosystem.

So far, the diseased starfish have not been reported in other parts of Puget Sound.  The aquarium is asking divers to take photos and give them a call, if they spot any.

http://www.king5.com

 

And here is an article about the Orcas (Killer Whales):

Researcher: High death rate, ‘puzzling’ behavior in B.C. orcas

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A Vancouver Aquarium researcher is sounding the alarm over “puzzling” changes he’s observed in the killer whale pods that live off the southern British Columbia coast.

Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard says he fears changes in the ocean environment are prompting odd behaviour and an unusually high mortality rate.

Barrett-Lennard says the southern resident orca pod, which is found in the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland, has lost seven matriarchs over the past two years, and he’s noticed a lack of vocalizations from the normally chatty mammals.

The Vancouver Aquarium’s cetacean research team says the whales were also seen the past two summers travelling in small groups, further offshore to find food – behaviour more typical in winter than summer.

At the same time, the researcher says the number of normally transient killer whales has been increasing over the past 25 years.

Barrett-Lennard says the changes are striking and need further study.

The alarming observations come on the heels of a study revealing that the number of killer whales in Puget Sound is dwindling – especially among reproductive age males.

Bruce Stedman, who heads up the Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance, says numbers from the Center for Whale Research and NOAA show the number of reproductive-age males is down 26 percent since 2009, and there are only 14 reproductive age male orcas left.

And he worries if those numbers don’t get better soon, the result could be devastating.

“Slowly but surely, they would go extinct,” Stedman said. “That’s the worry.”

http://www.komonews.com

I was expecting such things to happen as soon as I found out about the true severity of the Fukushima disaster which will plague mankind well beyond our lifetimes, but I do find it odd that the mainstream media is acting “puzzled” over these findings and are refusing to acknowledge the Big Fat Pink Elephant in the room…Fukushima radiation.

To make it clear, I am not claiming with 100% certainty that these die offs are related to Fukushima radiation, but in my opinion it is certainly a possibility worth looking into. The sad thing is that the media does not appear to be allowed to tell us about what is actually happening in the Pacific ocean which leaves us no choice but to turn to alternative media and whistle-blowers.

I wish they would just come clean with us and admit that this is a disaster of epic proportions, ignoring it will NOT make it go away.

Written by The Top World Post

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