Birds, Lizards & Insects Impacted By Fukushima Radiation

A soon to be released study indicates that bird populations near the Fukushima nuclear disaster have decreased. Studies at Chernobyl found that birds avoided highly radioactive nests but they are not completely sure how the birds can tell. It was found that birds had physical changes after being exposed to radiation. The Chernobyl study indicates that original bird populations dwindle and/or leave but migrating in birds may help keep the population from totally collapsing. They found this instance for other animals where populations go down but migrating populations may move in.

It was found in November 2011 that spiders in Iitate were concentrating cesium and large amounts of radioactive silver. Information released today showed earthworms were concentrating cesium as much as 20,000 bq/kg and that these concentrations could impact other animals that eat the worms.

Professor Bin Mori, the person who discovered the radioactive silver in spiders has found high concentrations of cesium and radioactive silver in lizards. The lizard dung was extremely high in cesium and radioactive silver.   Professor Mori also found red dragonflies with considerable radiation contamination and mentions a study of fish crickets and locusts showing contamination.

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