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Bluefin Tuna From The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Still Have Traces Of Radiation via Forbes

Last May I wrote a piece about Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of southern California that carried radiation from the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear plant that was damaged in the March 2011. The fish were caught in August 2011 as they migrated east 6,000 miles from their spawning grounds in Japan in search of prey.

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Last week one of the authors of the study from last year, Daniel J. Madigan from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station—along with five other scientists— published a new follow-up study. The main question that this new study wanted to answer: Would the migratory Bluefin tuna show up again a year later off the coast of California carrying radiation from Fukushima?

The answer was yes. (See below for the PDF of the study.) That means, ultimately, that there is still a high level of radiation in the waters near the Fukushima plant most likely because, as marine chemist, Ken Buessler, asserts, the plant is still leaking radiation into the ocean nearly two years later.

Madigan, in a phone interview, pointed out another interesting fact that he and his partners discovered: The radiation is, over time, excreted by the Bluefin. It is found in the fish’s muscle tissue and just the act of swimming eventually helps them work it out of their bodies. Some of the fish they sampled (from recreational catches) showed no traces of radiation after a year of swimming in and around California waters.

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