- Dolphins Return to New Jersey River
- Record Cesium Levels Detected in Fish Surrounding Fukushima Plant
- Effects of BP Oil Spill Manifest in Marine Life
A small pod of dolphins was spotted recently in the Navesink River of New Jersey, making this the second time in four years that dolphins have visited the unlikely location. In the summer of 2008, a pod of about a dozen dolphins appeared in the river, the only explanation for which was an influx of bait fish the dolphins must have followed into the river. However, when the food sources diminished in the early fall, the pod began displaying signs of distress, prompting a public outcry for human intervention to drive them back out to sea. Rather, the NOAA Fisheries Service decided to let nature decide their fate, which resulted in the death of the entire pod. If the same pattern should repeat itself with the new pod, NOAA has stated that they will follow the same policy. Outside the river, one fisherman marveled at the sheer number of dolphins in the Sandy Hook Bay, comparing it to the tropical waters of Florida.
More than a year after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, fish sampled within a 12-mile radius of the Fukushima nuclear power plant tested sky-high for radioactive cesium, at 258 times the level considered safe for consumption. Radioactive cesium has cancer-causing properties, the severity of which depends on the exposure a person has received. The Japanese government has banned the shipment of fish from the waters surrounding Fukushima since May of last year, excluding two octopus and one shellfish species that tested for cesium levels within the limits for safe consumption.
Mutated sea creatures are beginning to emerge from nearly every corner of the Gulf of Mexico as the effects of the BP oil spill of 2010 manifest in the native marine life, in the sea and on land. Check out this footage demonstrating those effects, and the seemingly silent position government agencies are taking on the matter: