(NaturalNews) The Pacific Ocean appears to be dying, according to a new study recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California recently discovered that the number of dead sea creatures blanketing the floor of the Pacific is higher than it has ever been in the 24 years that monitoring has taken place, a phenomenon that the data suggests is a direct consequence of nuclear fallout from Fukushima.
Though the researchers involved with the work have been reluctant to pin Fukushima as a potential cause -- National Geographic,
which covered the study recently, did not even mention Fukushima -- the
timing of the discovery suggests that Fukushima is, perhaps, the
cause. According to the data, this sudden explosion in so-called "sea
snot," which is the name given to the masses of dead sea creatures that
sink to the ocean floor as food, has skyrocketed since the Fukushima
"In the 24 years of this study, the past two
years have been the biggest amounts of this detritus by far," stated
Christine Huffard, a marine biologist at MBARI and leader of the study,
to National Geographic.
At an ocean research station known
as Station M, located 145 miles out to sea between the Californian
cities of Santa Barbara and Monterey, Huffard and her colleague Ken
Smith observed a sharp uptick in the amount of dead sea life drifting to
the ocean floor.
The masses of dead sea plankton, jellyfish, feces and other oceanic
matter that typically only cover about 1 percent of the ocean floor were
found to now be covering about 98 percent of it -- and multiple other
stations located throughout the Pacific have since reported similar
figures. Read More