Birds, butterflies, King Kong, Godzilla...
I happened to pick up a tweet that had a link to the presentation Professor Timothy Mousseau of University of South Carolina, discussing the effect of radiation on living organisms in the contaminated areas in Fukushima and in Chernobyl.
In February last year, Professor Mousseau announced the result of his initial research on birds in Fukushima Prefecture, and it was "an immediate negative consequence of radiation for birds".
From Professor Timothy Mousseau's presentation on March 11, 2013 the 1st day of the Fukushima Symposium by Helen Caldicott Foundation (where former PM Naoto Kan made a video appearance):
A humorous page with our favorite radiation mutant monsters:
"Note lack of decomposition" - Are we supposed to infer that irradiated trees don't decompose? Or is it just a matter of no water or moisture to expedite decomposition?
Number of birds plotted against the air dose rates, for both Fukushima and Chernobyl.
So, do birds avoid high radiation areas? Were there birds in those high radiation areas before the nuclear accident?
Or are we supposed to conclude that birds died off or failed to reproduce in the high radiation areas?
(Oh wait, is King Kong big because of irradiation?)