Murasoi Mike: Fish Found Near Fukashima Highly Radioactive

A fish called a murasoi (and nicknamed Mike the Mirasoi) was caught recently near the damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant. Testing showed it to be 2,500 times as radioactive as is considered safe for human Murasoi (Photo by Izuzuki/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)Murasoi (Photo by Izuzuki/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)consumption. Murasoi live near Fukushima along reefs in the area. While the fish is highly radioactive, it shows no outward change in appearance.

Scientists in the area are concerned that the radioactive contamination may be being spread as unaffected fish try to feed off the murasoi and other contaminated species. To guard against this probability, Tokyo Electric is installing new nets around the 20 kilometer perimeter to further mitigate the migration of affected sea life into the open ocean.

The second anniversary of the tsunami that caused critical damage to the Fukushima plant is coming up in March. Researchers believe that a cesium deposit on the surrounding sea floor or continued seepage from the damaged reactors is still contaminating the water in the area. This may affect area fisheries for decades to come.

Other fish in the area, such as scorpion fish and rockfish have also tested high in radioactivity.

Source: Mail Online

Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger


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