April 16, 2015 – JAPAN / PACIFIC OCEAN / U.S. WEST COAST – According to National Science Museum, most of the inspected 17 dolphins had their lungs in ischaemia state… The chief of the researching team stated “Most of the lungs looked entirely white”… internal organs were generally clean without any symptoms of disease or infection, but most of the lungs were in ischaemia state. She said “I have never seen such a state”. – Apr 12, 2015 – Fukushima Diary.
Asahi Shimbun, Apr 11, 2015 (emphasis added):
- Google Translate: Ibaraki Prefecture… for a large amount of dolphin which was launched on the shore… the National Science Museum… investigated… researchers rushed from national museums and university laboratory, about 30 people were the anatomy of the 17 animals in the field. [According to Yuko Tajima] who led the investigation… “the lungs of most of the 17… was pure white ischemic state, visceral signs of overall clean and disease and infections were observed”… Lungs white state, that has never seen before.
- Systran: The National Science Museum… investigated circumstance and cause etc concerning the mass dolphin which is launched to the seashore of Ibaraki prefecture… the researchers ran from the museum and the university laboratory… approximately 30 people dissected 17… [Yuko Tajima] of the National Science Museum which directed investigation research worker [said] “the most lung 17 was state with true white, but as for the internal organs being clean”… The lung true white as for state, says… have not seen.
Ischemia is a vascular disease involving an interruption in the arterial blood supply to a tissue, organ, or extremity that, if untreated, can lead to tissue death. – Wikipedia.
Many reports have been published on the links between ischemia and radiation exposure:
- “It has been shown that the ionizing radiation in small doses under certain conditions can be considered as one of starting mechanisms of… IHD [ischemic heart disease].” – Source
- “Radiation risks on non-cancer effects has been revealed in the [Chernobyl] liquidators… Recently, the statistically significant dose risk of ischemic heart disease… was published.” – Source
- “Incidence of and mortality from ischemic heart disease (IHD) have been studied in a cohort of 12210 workers [at] Mayak nuclear facility… there was statistically significant increasing trend in IHD incidence with total external gamma dose.” – Source
- “Numerous studies have been published concerning non cancer diseases in liquidators… Risk of ischemic heart disease… seems increased.” – Source
- “In 1990 the International Chernobyl Project has been carried out under the aegis of the IAEA… It is known that the international experts who had taken part in the International Chernobyl Project were aware of the report by the Minster of the Ministry of Health Care of Belarus delivered at an informal meeting arranged by the IAEA… The Belorussian Minister reported about… the worsening of the general health state of the affected population… “Among adults in 1988 there was a two- to fourfold increase, in comparison with preceding years, in the number of persons suffering from… ischemic heart diseases” – Source
- “In a study on a Russian cohort of 61,000 Chernobyl emergency workers… a statistically significant risk of ischemic heart disease was observed.” – Source
Stranding Network Hokkaido, Apr 14, 2015:
- Google Translate: Hubbs’ beaked whale that ran aground died in Samani to April 14 is species very rare. This is washed ashore, 62 cases… in the world, 18 cases of eyes in Japan… five cases in Hokkaido… As of this time, examples were alive at the time of stranding is… at Ninomiya Naka District, Kanagawa 2005… [This] will be the second example… Discovery at that time is… alive, but I have to soon died…
- Systran: [Hubbs’ beaked whale] on April 14th it runs aground dies in Samani Cho very much is rare kind… the world 62nd example, in Japan 18th example, in Hokkaido becomes 5th… The latest way, when running aground the example which has existed, since discovering… in 2005.10.21 Kanagawa prefecture… April 14th… had existed, it is thing, but you died…
Hokkaido Broadcasting, Apr 14, 2015:
- Google Translate: Rare whale washed ashore in Samani… washed ashore a large number of dolphins on the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture, has become a hot topic… it’s very rare whale… washed ashore in the province, this is the 11th this year… while living is that it’s second case since Kanagawa Prefecture in 2005.
Hokkaido TV, Apr 14, 2015:
- Google Translate:… very rare whale nationwide 17 cases… “Hubbs’ beaked whale”. The Hubbs’ beaked whale is launched in Japan coast in 17 cases… in living state, it is second example in the country.
- Systran: Nationwide 17th… very unusual whale… as for those where it is discovered… live, it is 2nd example in the country.
The species is known from 31 strandings and one possible sighting… The whale lives in the North Pacific, in the east it is limited to Japan and in the west it ranges from British Columbia to California. They may live in the open ocean in between the two areas, but no observations have been made… nothing is known for certain about their population. Little is known about their behavior due to the infrequency of sightings (only one known)… – Wikipedia — Hubbs’ beaked whale (Mesoplodon carlhubbsi).
Canadian Field-Naturalist, J. Houston (1990): Hubbs’ Beaked Whale, Mesoplodon carlhubbsi, is a rare member of the North Pacific fauna… Known only from 31 stranded specimens and one possible live sighting, this species can only be described as rare… The species is similar enough to Mesoplodon stejnegeri (Stejneger’s Beaked Whale) to be confused with it.
Also on April 14, a Stejneger’s beaked whale washed up in Hokkaido.
Video: Hokkaido Broadcasting
, Apr 15, 2015 (emphasis added): [Regulators] approved an emergency closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California… Earlier this week, the council shut down the next sardine season… [R]evised estimates of sardine populations… found the fish were declining in numbers faster than earlier believed… [Stocks are] much lower than estimated last year… The reasons are not well-understood. – NY Times.
Ben Enticknap, Oceana senior scientist (1:08:00 in) — “We’ve seen a significant change in recruitment [Recruitment: The number of new young fish that enter a population]. There’s been practically no recruitment in recent years, and this was not expected.” – Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, April 13, 2015.
[A]ccording to the report on the emergency action from the PFMC… “the total stock biomass of Pacific sardine is declining as a result of poor recruitment“… [A California Wetfish Producers Association official said] “little recruitment was observed in 2011-2014.” – Apr 14, 2015 – Undercurrent News.
Pacific coast sardines are facing a population collapse so severe [fishing] will be shut down… [The] downward spiral in spite of favorable water conditions has ocean-watchers worried there’s more to this collapse than cyclical population trends. “There are a lot of weird things happening out there, and we’re not quite sure why they aren’t responding the way they should,” said Kevin Hill, a NOAA Fisheries biologist… Fishery managers are adding it to a list of baffling circumstances off the West Coast… NOAA surveys indicate very few juvenile fish made it through their first year. “The population isn’t replacing itself,” Hill said. – Apr 13, 2015 – Oregonian.
[T]he population appears decimated… As the Council writes, “temperatures in the Southern California Bight have risen in the past two years, but we haven’t seen an increase in young sardines”… Sardines typically spawn in warmer waters, with cold water decreasing their numbers. – Apr 14, 2015 – SFist.
Sardine population collapses… [There’s] evidence stocks are going through the same kind of collapse [seen in the 1950s]… The sardine population along the West Coast has collapsed… Causes of crisis — A lack of spawning… was blamed for the decline… Severe downturn… things recently took a turn for the worse… because of a lack of spawning due to poor ocean conditions in 2014… The collapse this year is the latest in a series of alarming die-offs, sicknesses and population declines in the ocean ecosystem along the West Coast. Anchovies… have also declined [due to] a lack of zooplankton… Record numbers of starving sea lions… Brown pelicans, too, have suffered from mass reproductive failures and are turning up sick and dead… Strange diseases have also been proliferating in the sea… – Apr 14, 2015 – SF Chronicle.
For the first time in 30 years [sardine fishing] will be banned. – Apr 13, 2015 – Monterey Herald.
Full recording of the PFMC meeting here
Compiled by: ENE News.