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Fukushima Wolfish 'Sea Monster' A Product of Radiation Contamination?

Sep 17, 2015 12:41 PM EDT
A giant wolfish was caught off the island of Hokkaido, near the Fukushima plant. This nuclear power plant was damaged by a tsunami in 2011 and this recent catch raises concerns about long-lasting radiation contamination.
(Photo : Twitter: Hirasaka Hiroshi)

We know for certain that radiation leakage from the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 has taken its toll on environments surrounding the Japan, a recent fisherman's catch near the nuclear power plant may shed some light on just how extensive radiation effects of radiation may be on marine biology.

According to The Daily Telegraph, a Japanese fisherman recently reeled in an extremely large fish (thought to be a wolfish) off the island of Hokkaido, which is close to eastern Russia. Generally, wolfish grown up to five feet in length. However, this one measured just over six feet in length and is reportedly one of the largest wolfish ever discovered. 

This is not the first crazy creature fisherman Hiroshi Hirasaka has caught. He literally wrote the book on the matter: Exotic Fish Species: I Caught, Judged and Tried Eating.

While this recent catch may ultimately make for just another of Hirasaka's exotic meals, it's also raising concerns about how radiation contamination from the Fukushima accident has spread. The nuclear power plant was affected by a powerful tsunami that hit it following a 8.9 magnitude earthquake in 2011. 

It's long been known that exposure to radiation poses many health risks. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Cancer is the primary health concern associated with radiation exposure. Other concerns include genetic mutations - such as  physical abnormalities - that are switched on by radiation and subsequently passed from one generation to the next.

A video of the recent wolfish catch can be found online, courtesy of YouTube. 

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