Fuku Death: 98% of Pacific SeafloorCovered In Dead Creatures145 mi from Cali National Geographic andNational Academy of Sciences -
This information is taken from both National Geographic and the National Academy of Sciences and it shares that, as of July 1st of 2012, 98% of the studied sea floor 145 miles off the coast of California was covered with dead and decomposing sea creatures. For those who think that 98% may be a normal study number, only a few months earlier, in March the same study found less than 1% of the sea floor covered with ‘detritus’.
Several up-to-date video reports depict that squid are now washing ashore on Santa Cruz beaches and that a mysterious illness is causing starfish of the Pacific Northwest to simply fall apart.
Here are extracts from the reports published recently in two academic journals:
National Geographic, Nov. 22, 2013: [...] “In the 24 years of this study, the past 2 years have been the biggest amounts of this detritus by far,” said study leader Christine Huffard, a marine biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. [...]
"In March 2012, less than one percent of the seafloor beneath Station M [located 145 miles west of the coast of California between Santa Barbara and Monterey] was covered in dead sea salps [complex, filter-feeding planktonic sea creatures].
"By July 1, more than 98 percent of it was covered in the decomposing organisms, according to the study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [...] Although climate change is a leading contender for explaining the major increases in 2011 and 2012, Huffard says that these spikes could be part of a longer-term trend that scientists haven’t yet observed. She hopes to continue gathering data from Station M to try and figure it out."
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nov. 11, 2013 [...] "Two major peaks in POC [particulate organic carbon] flux occurred over the last 18 mo of the time series [...] The peak POC flux in spring/summer 2011 was the highest recorded over the 24-y time series [...] The daily presence of detrital aggregates on the sea floor did not exceed 15% coverage over the period from 1990 to 2007. The highest sea-floor coverage by detrital aggregates measured throughout the 24-y time series occurred between March and August 2012, when salp detritus ranged from <1% cover in early March to a high of 98% cover on 1 July" - See more at: