My Fukushima Radiation Hysteria And Laguna Beach
In my mind, the disaster at Fukushima and the radiation levels put into the global ecosystems have trouble written all over them. How could that type of pollution and contamination be good for anyone and anywhere? What this has led to is a tsunami of alarmist stories of doom and gloom and the desire to attract readers with fancifully photoshopped images of marine animals washing up with blame squarely on the shoulders of radiation from Japan. We live in very confusing times where social media and blogging have given everyone a platform to write stories. Even in traditional media we are prone to receiving content and stories with misinformation and hidden agendas. It makes you want to question everything, and question we should. While the scientific mind can pick apart radiation level reading and reason that in the here and now we are all safe, my unscientific mind tells me there is hell to pay for the Fukushima disaster. Add stories of the government allegedly stocking up on iodine and you begin to wonder if there is something far more sinister going on. The government won’t contribute to a panic in America and I believe they probably couldn’t tell us we were all in trouble until it was way too late. Thinking about the welfare of people, it is almost understandable even if we hate the idea of not being told the truth. While our government says next to nothing, reputable groups like Natural News are putting stories out there of contamination. As a nutrition group that exposes the relationship of the FDA and Big Pharma, and how the funding of the pharmaceutical giants heavily influences FDA policy and decision-making, Natural News pushes back and makes people think about whether or not pharmaceutical drugs are the right choice to restore health. Keep in mind that Natural News is also trying to sell us on supplements that the FDA, as funded by Big Pharma, recently told us pretty much did us no good at all. It makes you wonder whether or not drugs get through testing without a bias or expected favor by the FDA won through funding. My feeling is that Natural News may just have our backs more than the FDA and Big Pharma relationship does. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that all pharmaceutical drugs are bad but I would say that there are natural solutions to human ailments that as a culture we have steered clear of or away from the interest of protecting the profits of drug companies. I don’t like that and feel like there are forces out there that do not truly care about our well-being and will pound us with every form of media to convince of a solution. I believe Natural News wants to help people and for that reason, I give credibility to stories Natural News provides that talk about the dangers of radiation from Fukushima.
So, where does that leave you and me, and what is it about the human mind that wants to find evidence or sign of disasters that are being reported? The reason I ask that is I found myself wanting to find sea stars at Aliso Beach and Crescent Bay wasting away into a goo so that I could haphazardly blame radiation and scream bloody murder at the top of my lungs. Did I really want to find sea stars in the process of dissolving. Hell no! I would be deeply saddened to see these magnificent sea creatures condemned to die by a disease that eats it’s flesh. It’s horrible. I searched high and low for sea star waste disease at these two spots and came up empty. It is true that my unscientific, visual, field study of sea stars in the tide pools of North and South Laguna Beach only included the pisaster ocher type. I could not find brittle stars or bat stars to determine if waste disease existed in those species. It may or may not be present in those two species of sea stars in Laguna and I couldn’t offer anything relevant or an opinion based on what I had seen. While I struck out on finding the waste disease in sea stars in Laguna that tied us into the effects of Fukushima Radiation, my mind wasn’t done with trying to find something that proved there was some bad news in local waters.
When I first wrote the story that reported the health of observed sea stars in the tide pools of Crescent Bay and Aliso Beach along the northern and southern parts of the Laguna Beach, I did not report an unexplained organic material that I saw that left me with questions. I figured I would need to seek out an expert before I too get crazy and spew nonsense all over the internet. It is incredible not to join the monkeys throwing poop around the cage as it relates to the reporting of Fukushima Radiation given the volumes of negative stories that are hitting the internet. Unfortunately, I share the disposition of many who believe we could be in real trouble with this disaster and the real story is being suppressed by governments including but not limited to our own. Though I have been yanked into some of these back and forths in social media related to Fukushima Radiation, I have seen the need to pull it back and have more logical and fact based discussions leaning on science and departing from fear and emotion. My suspicions have remained despite my restraint.
In the tide pools, there was this orange substance that appeared to be disfigured. It was embedded into the reefs, in beds of mussels, under pisaters ocher sea stars and wedge into crevices found in the tide pools. Where it was safe to do so, I was able to touch these organic substances and too me they had the texture and feel of a sea star. Was this the evidence that I was hoping for but not really hoping for? When I wrote the story I did not include any of these pictures because I couldn’t have been sure of what I saw and I couldn’t definitively say they were sea stars. I felt like they could have been bat sea stars that had wasted away. I did what I could to describe the animal that I saw online in google search and it did not produce any revelations that left me satisfied. I stumbled upon the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and used their online contact form to request an email to send pictures. Those pictures are featured as a gallery in this piece so you can see what I saw. Mike Schadt from the Aquarium was kind enough to get back with me. Of course the pictures I took with my IPhone 4S were of substandard quality but he suggested they could be either a colonial tunicate or a red volcano sponge. The color is closest to the colonial tunicate so for now I am going to go with that. Mike didn’t seem to concerned about the appearance of these orange areas so I am going to say that I still think that the tide pools at Aliso Beach and Crescent Bay are free of sea star waste disease, or at least as far as I can tell.