Black substance destroying Hawaii’s largest barrier reef.

The graphic is a representation of the spread of radioactive cesium (and other isotopes) across the Pacific, which has been leaking from the site of the ruins of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

This website, Hawaiian White Coral Disease – Hawaiian Reefs In Crisis, documents the rapid destruction of life on the coral reefs off of Kaua’i and Oahu. It seemed to commence around Aug. 1 2012. They are being afflicted with rapid growths of cyanobacteria and fungi.

Aug. 28: These images are from a dive yesterday at Anini Reef. This infectious coral disease has spread very rapidly all over the reef. 1 year ago there were 2 infections in our 100-meter transect, 4 weeks ago there was 80 infections and yesterday virtually every coral was infected! Over 500 beautiful rice corals! The disease is turning the corals black as it kills them. The infectious patches on the corals are growing faster, many of them at a rate of two inches a week.

Anini Reef is the largest barrier reef in Hawaii. We are currently monitoring 10 separate dive sites along the reef, and they are now ALL infected with tens of thousands of corals dying.

The water in the lagoon smells and has lots of long stringy algae… At the current rate of this disease spreading at Anini, Tunnels, Wainiha and other places we will lose much of the reefs within 5 years or less.

Sept. 12: Kauai’s Honu (Green Sea Turtle and the Hawksbill) are facing another serious problem, after coming back from the brink of extinction.

Today many of our turtles are growing tumors on their faces and in their throats, causing starvation and eventual death. This outbreak coincides with the extremely rapid bacterial infection of Kauai’s reefs.

Nov. 30: “Given the scale of the event, the large numbers of corals affected, and the consistent preponderance of a few agents (cyanobacteria and fungi) associated with gross lesions that look similar in both Makua and Anini, this outbreak would have to qualify as an epidemic. This is the first time a cyanobacterial/fungal disease on this scale has been documented in Hawaiian corals.” Dr. Thierry Work, head of USGS Infectious Diseases.

From this pdf containing a report by Dr. Work:

The waters on the reef were laden with particulates, and throughout the reef, corals (mainly Montipora capitata) were encroached by sediments and turf algae (Fig. 1b). Live coral cover appeared unusually low as compared to what would be expected on a healthy reef (Fig. 1c). Gross lesions in affected corals occupied ca. 10-80% of the colonies and manifested as distinct semi-circular to amorphous areas of tissue loss revealing bare skeleton covered by amorphous flocculent black to grey material with a distinct black band delineating normal tissues (Fig. 1d); clumps of what appeared to be sediment covered dead skeleton and borders of the lesions (Fig. 1e).

The overall picture at Anini was one of a severely degraded reef impacted by sediments and turf algae. Microscopic changes evident in tissues of “non-lesion” corals were suggestive of animals undergoing some sort of chronic stress (inflammatory cells, foci of necrosis, degenerating gastrodermis, loss of symbiotic algae). Cyanobacteria alone were most commonly (59%) associated with lesions with fungal infections affecting
an additional 29% of corals. No other bacteria or other associated agents were seen. The microscopic findings for Anini and Makua were very similar. Based on the large percentage (59%) of corals affected by cyanobacteria only at Anini, I suspect this organism is playing a primary role in causing lesions with the likelihood that fungi may pose a complicating factor. In aggregate, 88% of corals with lesions at Anini are infected with cyanobacteria and fungi, and these organisms affect M. capitata at Anini and M. patula at Makua. The presence of cyanobacteria and fungi could explain the transmissibility and spread of the lesions observed in the field at both sites.

This black substance is familiar, it is all over Japan. It is highly radioactive. A staggering amount of 43,000,000 Bq/kq of radioactive cesium was measured from it recently.

This black substance has been determined to contain cyanobacteria, as well as radionuclides. Apparently these cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) accumulate radiation at an amazing rate.

It is not hard to see the arrival of radioactive seawater in the Hawaiian islands has coincided with the appearance of the black substance of the reefs. They both contain cyanobacteria.

Cyanobacteria release poisons called cyanotoxins.

Blooming cyanobacteria can produce cyanotoxins in such concentrations that they poison and even kill animals and humans. Cyanotoxins can also accumulate in other animals such as fish and shellfish, and cause poisonings such as shellfish poisoning.

Among cyanotoxins are some of the most powerful natural poisons known, including poisons which can cause rapid death by respiratory failure.[1] The toxins include potent neurotoxins, hepatotoxins, cytotoxins, and endotoxins. Recreational exposure to cyanobacteria can result in gastro-intestinal and hay fever symptoms or pruritic skin rashes.[2] It has been suggested that significant exposure to high levels of some species of cyanobacteria may cause Lou Gehrig’s disease, but there is no firm evidence.

We have already seen in this blog how radiation promotes the growth of fungi, and how these fungi accumulate radionuclides.

According to this graphic computer simulation, this contaminated pool of seawater will arrive in California around October 2013.

28 thoughts on “Black substance destroying Hawaii’s largest barrier reef.

      • Been only the last few months, this video was posted in Sept. 2012 not related to other last year in bay !

        Turtles with tumors ??? and eye infections ?? Eye missing ?? Puffer fish turning black and rotting off parts then die ?? Be a nice video to run on this story Bobby1.

  1. Some more strangely high Turtle deaths:

    Some 53,000 olive ridley sea turtles dead on Mexico’s coasts in the past two days
    To Mass Animal Death on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    http://beforeitsnews.com/mass-animal-death/2012/08/some-53000-olive-ridley-sea-turtles-dead-on-mexicos-coasts-in-the-past-two-days-2430262.html

    Thousands of Turtles found dead At Paradip Sea Beach ( Bay Of Bengal ) 137
    To Mass Animal Death on Wednesday Dec 19 2012

    http://beforeitsnews.com/mass-animal-death/2012/12/thousands-of-turtles-found-dead-at-paradip-sea-beach-bay-of-bengal-2431040.htm

    Aug 29, 2012 … By xdrfox (Reporter) Contributor profile | More stories … Environmentalists say oil spill killed sea turtles in Mexico. Published August 29, 2012 …

    Sea turtles wash up in record numbers on Cape Cod, Massachusetts 61
    To Mass Animal Death on Saturday Dec 22 2012

    http://beforeitsnews.com/mass-animal-death/2012/12/sea-turtles-wash-up-in-record-numbers-on-cape-cod-massachusetts-2431070.html

    Two sea turtles found this week on Oregon coast die 45
    To Mass Animal Death on Thursday Dec 20 2012

    http://beforeitsnews.com/mass-animal-death/2012/12/two-sea-turtles-found-this-week-on-oregon-coast-die-2431060.html

  2. So am I hearing you right,…Brea, Ca crematoria was leaking, venting human ash,….and that’s what ‘they’ think the West Covina black ash is?

    Not so sure,…but could be.

  3. Driving through San Francisco on 1/3, I saw this black dust low in the sky moving the exact same way that the black dust on the Fukushima webcam moves. It was a relatively small amount, a patch about the size of a car moving through the sky with the wind. My blood ran cold, my daughter was in the car, and I wanted to turn around, but was on the highway, lol. Then I heard fire engines, and relaxed a bit, chiding NoNukes for being so paranoid.

    Then I see this story about Southern California. Black dust at the exact same time. You know, it didn’t look like smoke. There wasn’t any smoke in the air along with the dust at all. I think we have to assume that the black dust is here. I had another vicious nightmare about it, then was sick for three days.

  4. White Coral Disease ..
    Published on Aug 25, 2012

    A fast-growing crisis, this bacterial infection of the coral reefs surrounding the Hawaiian Islands could destroy the entire reef system of the islands within 10 years. This white coral disease has been found along the reefs of the north shore of Kauai and as far south as Ahukini Landing off Lihue. A similar bacterial infection has been observed in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu.

    The alarming fact is the rate of growth of this bacteria. Corals, fifty years old are dying in a matter of months, even weeks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faVJky_USuA

    • The sea lions are eating fish that migrated from contaminated areas farther to the west. Some of the fish they eat are from less or non-contaminated areas. But in a few months, all the fish they eat will be contaminated, so it will be worse.

      • Yes, I have read were fish schools can travel the Pacific in weeks ! Schools in the tens of millions, I posted a video somewhere a a vase school, think it was the Discovery channel or National Geographic, ..it was awesome to see such masses move in such perfect sync !

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