It *could*, of course, be “just climate change”, but the many reports, from dying sea stars to beaching whales, and jelly fish – filled beaches, sea lions, etc., has more and more people wondering if there’s more to these mass die-offs in the Pacific Ocean.
Unknown consequences of trace amounts of radioactive fallout from Fukushima’s ongoing air and water contamination cannot be ruled out. In that vein, I pose a question, see further below in purple.
I have been skeptical of Fukushima as a likely culprit, but simply don’t know. (I last went swimming in the Pacific north of San Francisco last autumn). Now, I do think the mystery of what’s driving these ecological disturbances is worth more questions and a lot more research.
I posted a question, shown further below, at ENEnews @ (May 17, 2015), “Guardian: Pacific Ocean “turning into a desert” off California — Experts: Entire generation of baby sea lions is dying; It’s incredible, it’s so unusual and there’s no good explanation for it; Expect same thing to happen again next year — Carts filled with emaciated dead bodies (PHOTOS)“, on page 2 of that comment thread:
May 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm (Eastern Time)
Question: In regards to Fukushima-Daiichi, has the radioisotope Lead-209 been reported anywhere as part of the rubble, fallout or water contamination? Lead-209 (pb209) beta-decays into Bismuth-209 (bi209), which is more-the-less stable (although technically will decay into Thallium-205).
“Polonium is usually produced by bombarding bismuth-209 with neutrons in a nuclear reactor. This forms bismuth-210, which has a half-life of 5 days. Bismuth-210 decays into polonium-210 through beta decay. Milligram amounts of polonium-210 have been produced by this method.
Polonium-210 is a very strong emitter of alpha particles. A single gram of polonium-210 creates 140 Watts of heat energy and is being considered as a lightweight heat source for thermoelectric power for spacecraft. Polonium-210 has a half-life of 138.39 days.”
Reason I ask is a lot of Cobalt-60 has been released from Fukushima too, most likely due to massive neutron bombardment of steel. If there were pb209 present, there would be bi209 too, and possibly very large amounts of man-made Polonium-210 were created.
A brief surge of Po210 could do a lot of damage to sea life and it would be hard to proof. Are stranded Pacific sea life been tested for Lead-206? (the decay daughter of Po-210) ?
Just a shot at aiming to solve what is causing the ecological upheavel on the North American West Coast.
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Stupid question? If so, please let me know why. Comments welcome.