Mass die offs of animals continue to occur in record breaking numbers, particularly in the Pacific Ocean and coastal regions along the Pacific Ocean. Over the past 5 years, since the nuclear plant melt down disaster at Fukushima Japan, mass die offs of animals have been occurring with increasing severity. As bio-accumulation of radioactive material continues, animals higher up the food chain are affected. Alaskan officials have reported “thousands of millions” of dead fish on the state’s shores. Birds which ordinarily eat those fish are being affected. This article lists summaries of various recent reports of die offs.
It’s one of the biggest mysteries Alaska has seen for some time… Scientists say the die-off of Murres was the biggest they’ve ever seen [and] 500,000 Murres may have died… “they actually have empty stomachs, so we aren’t finding any food,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Elizabeth Labunski. Scientists say something is keeping the birds from reaching their food source, which suggests there could be a bigger problem with the ocean itself. “I think an alarm bell should go off because these are indicator species about what’s going on in the ocean”… said Fish and Wildlife biologist Kathy Kuletz. Kuletz said the bird die-off could have implications for other species… And she doesn’t think the die-off is over.
How does bio accumulation of radioactive material occur in sea creatures and those which eat them? It may be entering their systems through chitin containing organisms. Chitin is a polysaccharide biological structural polymer found in exoskeletons, like krill, insects, crabs, beaks of squid, and in cell walls of fungi. Chitin has also been researched and commercially developed for its ability to absorb radionuclides in the actinide series, which includes Uranium, Plutonium, Americum, Thorium, Curium, and others.
Now, Fukushima nuclear plant has been continuously pouring Plutonium into the Pacific since the meltdown there 5 years ago.
Simply put then, chitin containing organisms are absorbing and concentrating plutonium from the waters around them. When organisms higher up the food chain consume the chitin containing organisms, they too begin to accumulate and concentrate plutonium. Once their plutonium load reaches a critical point, they suffer radiation poisoning and die, just as you would.
What plants and animals are hardest hit? Simple—the ones that rely heavily on the chitin organic molecule.
- Whales they eat krill
- Murres, they eat fish that eat krill
- Reindeer and caribou die offs, they eat lichens/fungi
- Insects are dying their wings are made of Chitin
- In particular Bees are seeing a mass die-off, they use chitin in not just their exoskeleton, but also their eyes, stingers, and more. Damaged chitin lets parasites and viruses get in.
- Butterflies use chitin in their wings, not just for structure for also creates optical colors
- Birds that eat insects are dying
- Krill have an exoskeleton made of Chitin
- Fungi have biological structures made of Chitin
- Sea Stars eat critters that have lots of Chitin, they can digest it and then absorb the bioaccumulated radiation.