Ocean Floor Off California Coated By Dead Sea Creatures: Why?
|January 6, 2014||Posted by Staff under Environmental|
This 2014 excerpt of Natural News, Jan 2, is by Ethan A. Huff.
A new study published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California recently discovered that the number of dead sea creatures blanketing part of the floor of the Pacific is higher than it has ever been in the 24 years that monitoring has taken place.
This sudden explosion in so-called “sea snot,” which is the name given to the masses of dead sea creatures that sink to the ocean floor as food, has skyrocketed since the Fukushima incident occurred.
At an ocean research station known as Station M, located 145 miles out to sea between the Californian cities of Santa Barbara and Monterey, masses of dead sea plankton, jellyfish, feces, and other oceanic matter drift to the ocean floor. “In March 2012, less than one percent of the seafloor beneath Station M was covered in dead sea salps,” writes Carrie Arnold for National Geographic. “By July 1, more than 98 percent of it was covered in the decomposing organisms. … The major increase in activity of deep-sea life in 2011 and 2012 weren’t limited to Station M, though: Other ocean-research stations reported similar data.”
Though the most significant increases were observed roughly a year after the Fukushima incident, the study makes mention of the fact that the problems first began in 2011.
Life depends upon healthy oceans, the life of which provides some of the oxygen that we all breathe.
Ed. Notes: While unable to weigh the significance of this observation, it’s good to know, to get the word out, and to hear from those who might be able to add to the story.