Seals with damaged flippers and hair loss ‘are being killed by radiation from Fukushima plant’, biologists warn
Seals washed up with hair loss and bleeding lesions
9.0-magnitude quake caused meltdown at Japanese plant in March
By Chris Parsons
28th December 2011
Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether seals are being killed by radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
Scores of ring seals have washed up on Alaska’s arctic coastline since July either injured or killed by a mysterious disease which biologists first thought was a virus.
But the bleeding lesions on the hind flippers, irritated skin around the nose and eyes and patchy hair loss on the seals’ fur coats may have been caused by radiation from the stricken nuclear plant.