We know that Fukushima radiation is headed for the West Coast of the United States (as well as Alaska), but who would have guessed it would be carried along by bluefin tuna? These migrating fish traveled 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to bring it here.
Five months after the Fukushima disaster, researcher Nicholas Fisher and his team decided to test Pacific bluefin tuna that were caught off the coast of San Diego. To their surprise, tissue samples from all 15 tuna captured contained levels of two radioactive substances--ceisum-134 and cesium-137--that were higher than in previous catches.
The levels of radioactive cesium in the tuna were 10 times higher than the amount measured in tuna caught off the California coast in previous years, but that's still below safe-to-eat limits set by the US and Japanese governments.
The May 28th edition of the New York Daily News quotes researcher Nicholas Fisher as saying, "We were frankly startled. That's a big ocean. To swim across it and still retain these radionuclides is pretty amazing."
They quote Ken Buessler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute as saying that the results "are unequivocal. Fukushima was the source."
Pacific bluefin tuna are one of the largest and speediest fish. They can grow to 10 feet long and weigh more than 1,000 pounds. They spawn off the Japan coast, then swim east to school in waters off California and the tip of Baja California in Mexico, where they are caught by US fishing fleets.
The tuna are caught in Japan too, and the Japanese consume 80% of the world's Pacific and Atlantic bluefin tuna. Sushi prepared with this fish are especially prized and can be told for as much as $24 per piece at top Tokyo restaurants.
If you're going to eat fish, hold the tuna, and if you weigh too much, before you eat ANYTHING you need to download Anne Strieber's wonderful diet book "What I Learned From the Fat Years." Using scientific principles, she lost 100 pounds, and YOU CAN DO IT TOO.