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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Radiactive Gigantism

Apparently The Idea Of Godzilla Was Not To Far Off:

Radioactive Gigantism? Giant Squid Discovered On California Coast – January 2014

Before Californians only worried about parking when they went to the beach. Now they have to worry about Godzilla coming after them.

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For the second time in recent months, a giant sea creature has washed ashore in California. First it was a rare oarfish that had grown to a freakish 40-foot length. This time it is a giant squid measuring a whopping 160 feet from head to tentacle tip. Is this a hoax?

What is going on?

Although not similar at all, experts believe they share one important commonality: they both come from the waters near the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in the Futaba District of Japan.

Scientists believe that following the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant an unknown number of sea creatures suffered genetic mutations that triggered uncontrolled growth – or “radioactive gigantism.” Unfortunately, this cadre of mutant giants seems to be drifting towards the continental U.S.

What is radioactive gigantism?

Although not yet well understood, radioactive gigantism is said to result when radiation causes changes to the growth regulating portions of the DNA of affected organisms. When growth regulators fail to control cellular growth, an organism may reach many times its regular body size.

Are giant sea creatures really a threat for those on land?

Take Jaws but make him the size of a Manhattan skyscraper. Scientists think that gigantism might distort sea creatures’ navigational systems. Residents are anxious now that a second creature has surfaced.

Even if it is a hoax (Yeah, probably!), I say that all these strandings may have a relation to Fukushima! And we should have a great discussion about the results of this nuclear catastrophe!

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