Alaska Professor: There’s concerns about effects of Fukushima; “Unusual animals showing up dead… Seals sick with unknown disease… 1st documented cases of avian cholera” — NOAA: ‘Rare whale beachings’ in Alaska under investigation — Japan Paper: Mysterious deep-sea creatures found one after another along coast

Saturday, May 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

ENENews.com
May 10th, 2014

The Nome Nugget, Mar. 27, 2014: Radiation sampling to happen for Bering Strait — Regional concerns about the possibility that Bering Sea waters could be radioactively contaminated […] “People throughout our region have repeatedly asked for testing of our subsistence foods and water,” said [University of Alaska, Fairbanks Marine Advisory Program agent Gay Sheffield]. “Seals fell sick with a still unknown disease, we’ve had the documented first cases of avian cholera in Alaska, we’ve had unusual animals like the beaked whale showing up dead on the beach near Gambell and each time people throughout the region expressed concerns about the effects of Fukushima either in the air, and now with the approaching plume in the water,” said Sheffield. “Public health and food security concerns are at the forefront of people’s mind.” Gambell Tribal President Eddie Ungott agreed and said that his village is very concerned about radiation. “If it comes our way, it might affect our marine mammals,” Ungott said. The concern is shared by his colleague in Savoonga. IRA President Paul Rookok, Sr. said they are worried about the health of marine mammals, their main food sources. […] St. Lawrence Island lies right in the path of the current sweeping up from Asia and Japan […]

Nome Nugget, Apr. 17, 2014: Sheffield also noted that a rare whale washed ashore near Gambell. It was a rare Stejneger’s Beaked whale, a species that has never been seen this far north. […] At the same time, Sheffield heard reports of a beached beaked whale in Adak and two dead beaked whales beached in Valdez.

KNOM, Apr. 24, 2014: NOAA Investigating Rare Whale Beachings — Three rarely seen whales beached on Alaska’s coast last year […] The Stejneger’s beaked whales beached last fall: one on St. Lawrence Island and two in Valdez. Neither of those places are where Stejneger’s are usually found […] “They had bubbles of air within the blood vessels,” Dr. Kathy Burek Huntington, from the Alaska Veterinary Pathologist Service, said. […] “They should have certain behaviors that should allow them to avoid that situation if they’re acting normally,” Huntington said. […] Beaked whales’ tendency for deep dives makes their presence in the shallow waters of the Bering Strait Region and Valdez unusual. […]

The Yomiuri Shimbun, May 9, 2014: Denizens of the deep surface in mysterious profusion […] Giant oarfish over four meters in length and giant squid with massive tentacles… Deep-sea creatures whose biology is still cloaked in mystery have been found one after another along the coast of the Japan Sea since the beginning of the year. Experts believe that a change in sea temperature has had some kind of effect, but the cause remains unknown. “It was weak but still alive. It spewed water as if exhaling heavily,” Yuji Kawaguchi, 65, a fisherman in Sado, Niigata Prefecture, related his surprising encounter with the giant squid that got caught in his fixed fishing net about 330 meters off the coast […] A total of eight giant squids have been found in waters off Niigata Prefecture this year. According to a local curator, only about 11 giant squids have been identified over the five decades until last year and this year has been exceptional.

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