Nuclear Pollution Thought To Kill Off Star Fish On U.S. West Coast
Researchers say nuclear pollution from the 2011 earthquake in Japan that damaged the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant could be partially to blame for a disease wiping out starfish along the West Coast. Fukushima pollution may be causing sea star epidemic on West Coast. Sea urchins and sea cucumbers also affected Populations go locally extinct overnight, literally
Dr Peter Raimondi of the University of Santa Cruz says something is making starfish susceptible to what is believed to be a disease caused by a bacterium, coined "wasting disease." It essentially disintegrates the marine invertebrates into a white goo, after the starfish loses its legs.
Starfish are more efficient at absorbing radioisotopes than fish. They can absorb 1000 times more platinum than fish.