by Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri
May 12, 2011
“The ocean is now a plastic
Capt. Charles Moore
For the past two months, it has not been possible to separate the
on-going radioactive poisons heading east on the Pacific Ocean
currents from Japan to North America (and thence around the globe)
with other serious oceanic environmental troubles.
This is not
simply just a one-issue crisis, even though Fukushima’s radioactive
nightmare continues to poison the rest of our planet.
Firstly, of primary importance for our health and well being: it is
not a safe choice to eat any fish or crustaceans caught there. This
is due, of course, to the widespread radioactivity of the Pacific
The tragedy of the now contaminated entire Pacific Ocean is as epic
as the Gulf of Mexico’s mass dispersants poisoning. More than a year
the BP oil-rig catastrophe, the impact on both the human and
wildlife populations continues to soar to disastrous heights. The
death toll for all wildlife will never be accurately known, as
unconscionably sea turtles (and unknown other kinds of sea life)
were burned alive.
For months, no tally was taken of dead mammals
and birds washing ashore. It was more than ineptitude and poor
management of this enormous crisis. It was, and continues to be, a
criminal cover-up of vast proportions.
The Center for Biological
Diversity (CBD) released a new report estimating
dolphins and whales, 82,000 birds, and 6,000 sea turtles were likely
harmed [or killed] by the spill.” (1)
There was far more than harm.
There was much unaccounted wildlife death; and the now
one-year-later continuing toll may be far higher. However, as with
Fukushima’s nuclear reactors tragedy, nothing has been done to
safeguard human lives, nor protect all of the ocean’s animals and
birds (really, the entire vast and precious ecosystem!).
All of this
is under constant siege from human negligence, deliberate harm, and
It is quite clear, from both these enormous on-going disasters, that
corporate-driven secret plans and responses do not include any real
solutions. Harm is their watchword, as our planet’s web-of-life
continues to unravel at an accelerated pace. This is due to human
A new report published shows how all the
now putting their lives on the line for a
devastating situation that cannot be fixed, are all expendable.
Dead fish and sharks are already arriving along the California
coast. Although the cause is supposedly unknown, it is doubtful if
we will ever be told that any dead sea life washing ashore is most
likely radioactive. (See
The EPA has refused to test the Gulf of Alaska for radioactivity.
their latest negligence, EPA posted on May 3, their refusal to
monitor daily radiation from Fukushima,
“due to the consistent
decrease in radiation levels related to the Japanese nuclear
This was no “incident.”
This is why I have repeatedly urged everyone to join together and
get radiation monitoring in your area. Low levels of ionizing
radiation, as Dr. Helen Caldicott has frequently said are extremely
dangerous. Further, she has consistently noted that it is
deliberately misleading to connect exterior radiation levels with
We will never get the truth from any government
agency or official. In fact, their planned deceit and intentional
extreme harm put us all in continued danger. It is vital that we get
accurate information ourselves, and know how much we can really
As I have learned personally from the cover-up during and after
2003, 1-million-acre California FIRESTORM, any government agency has
already long been compromised and corrupted.
As Jeff Rense
April 21, it is the,
“latest example of blatant Federal negligence… This is another egregious abandonment of their obligation to watch
over the public health and welfare… [and] the public’s right to
know and be kept safe and informed be damned.”
His article also has
an excellent map, showing the ocean currents coming to the West
Coast and up to Alaska.
This continued refusal to test the
waters also protects the now-toxic catches of Alaska’s fishing
industry, while poisoning anyone who eats contaminated fish.
This is not the fishing industry’s fault, per se. [That is another
Rather, it is the result of this enormous
radioactive contamination that puts everything in grave jeopardy.
Does any of this really compute to a rational person who still can
think critically and sees the bigger picture?
This article covers another oceanic nightmare that must be included
in our awareness of what is happening throughout the entire Pacific
Ocean. It does impact all of us. Our oceans have been in long-term
and devastating decline for decades. The seas are no longer what we
may think of: miles and miles of pristine and beautiful glistening
waters, gentle sea breezes, with an occasional whale or dolphin
leaping out of the water.
The Pacific Ocean has also been poisoned with colossal amounts of
garbage floating in a vortex area called
NORTH PACIFIC SUBTROPICAL
This is the Pacific Ocean’s floating toxic, petroleum-based
plastics dump that has contaminated and killed countless millions of
fish and mammals, including dolphins and seals. In 1997, these huge
areas were discovered by Captain Charles Moore while he was
returning to California from Hawaii on his vessel, the 50-foot
“Algalita” (now the name of the foundation he set up).
He took a
detour through a region with little wind, due to the ocean currents.
Normally, this area is usually avoided by sailors, because of these
very calm seas.
Day after day, as Captain Moore sailed, he saw endless piles of
plastic trash floating for miles and miles. Originally, this area
was called the
Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Far from some small
“patch,” it is thought that this massive amount is actually twice
the size of the continental US.
This swirling soup of floating
garbage is about 500-nautical miles off California’s coast, and
stretches across the northern part of the Pacific Ocean, past
Hawaii, and comes close to Japan. Unseen by satellite photos, this
massive “sea of rubbish is translucent and [is on, and also] lies
just below the water’s surface” and continues under water through
the water column.(3)
Since Moore started doing this research, the size of this trash has
Now the Great Garbage Patch is divided into the
Western and Eastern Garbage Patch, on either side of the Hawaiian
archipelago. According to Marcus Eriksen, Algalita’s research
director, there is about 100-million tons of flotsam floating in
In 1994, Captain Moore had originally founded
Research Foundation, to focus on the,
“restoration of disappearing
giant kelp forests and the improvement of water quality through the
preservation and re-construction of wetlands along California’s
He was so shocked by what he saw in the Pacific Ocean,
that he became a dedicated environmental activist, and decided to
raise global awareness and find much-needed answers.
foundation, he now focuses on collaborative ocean research to find
out the extent of this massive amount of floating garbage and the
damage it continues to cause. The non-profit foundation, now in its
sixteenth year, has brought worldwide attention to the fate of
millions of tons of discarded plastics and how it has impacted all
sea life and damaged human health.
Firstly, even the smallest particles of plastic, are broken down “by
wave action or sunlight” (called photodegradation), and then they
are eaten by fish.
Once eaten, these plastics then travel up the
ocean food chain (from small fish to larger ones), and they
eventually wind up on your seafood dinner plate.
“Every little piece
of plastic manufactured in the past 50 years that made it into the
ocean is still out there somewhere,” said chemist Tony Andrady, with
Research Triangle Institute.(5)
This goes for EVERY bit
of plastic made: from shredded plastic to any large item. (below
According to the UN Environment Program,
“plastic debris causes the
deaths of more than a million sea birds every year, as well as more
than 100,000 marine mammals. Syringes, cigarette lighters, and
toothbrushes have been found inside the stomachs of dead seabirds,”
mistaking them for food.(6)
“A Dutch study in the North Sea of
fulmar seabirds concluded [that] 95 percent of the birds had
plastics in their stomachs. More than 1600 pieces were found in the
stomach of one bird in Belgium.” (7)
The ocean is now,
“an endless trail of
trash floating in the middle of the Pacific: water bottles, plastic
crates, disposable(sic) diapers, bath toys, cigarette lighters,
tampon applicators [Styrofoam, too]; a veritable buffet of
convenience culture.” (8)
This refuse is what is dumped in the ocean
Unbelievably, other trash includes: kayaks, carrier,
refrigerators, furniture, Lego blocks, footballs, and fishing nets.
All these items were thrown overboard either from oil-rig platforms
or ships. As on land around the globe, our seas have become a vast
stench of sewage.
Possibly millions (no one is counting) of the plastic 6-pak holders
for soda and beer have been found strangling sea and other wildlife
[e.g., fish, otters, and small seals]. The plastic diameter to hold
these cans is just wide enough for some small animal’s head to get
stuck in it.
Once their head is caught, they cannot get out. In the
oceans, plastics also break down into smaller and smaller pieces.
These are mistaken for fish eggs or other kinds of food and ingested
Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that researchers
“about 35 percent of fish they collected in the northern
Pacific Ocean in 2008 had plastic in their stomachs… Some lantern
fish [had] as many as 83 plastic fragments in a single fish.” (9)
Often tiny pieces of plastics are part of the plankton that whales
eat. Plastic does kill. This is yet another reason not to use
Captain Charles Moore, who has been documenting this “waste slick
more insidious than an oil spill, due to the impossibility of
cleanup,” has produced a documentary about this called “Synthetic
Captain Moore calls the ocean “the world’s largest toilet bowl that
In 1999, as part of his research to carefully
document this garbage, he discovered that,
“for every pound of
naturally occurring plankton… [there was [a] yielded [of] 6 pounds of
By 2008, in the same original region, they recorded a
staggering increase of 45 to 1 times more plastic than plankton!
There were less tan-colored pieces of plastic. Moore believes they
have been eaten by birds and other plankton feeders, because they
resemble krill. Color is an important factor as is shape, as it
“Over 70 species of birds have been found to ingest
these pieces of plastic that resemble their natural food supply.
Studies have shown that they then have higher PCBs content, and it
is a way to transport pollutions.” (11)
Plastic does not “break down”
anywhere in our environment.
It just get smaller and smaller to
cause more harm throughout the entire web-of-life as it travels up
the food chain. Thus, the “quality of life” for the entire marine
ecosystem has been undermined and ruined.
As noted in the above “Synthetic Sea” 2010
“There’s no such a thing as biodegradation of
The author of another article, Anna Cummins who traveled on the
“Algalita” (Moore’s oceanic research vessel), wrote that:
we’ve all come on this trip (in 2004) fully prepared to find
constant evidence of plastic thousands of miles from land, it’s
still shocking to see it in person. It simply does not belong here… The highest level of pollution [is] in highly productive
This essential research is done in “international waters,” so it has
been barely touched by any agency in charge of environmental issues
in any country.
The garbage just continues to grow. As usual, much
of the scientific research stays in journals. However, there are
staggering pollution and reproductive issues that will not go away,
and will contribute to the continued dramatic dwindling numbers of
ocean creatures. The repercussions of this toxicity go far beyond
There are two main crises that are already impacting all
Plastic is a well-known chemical
It changes and toxifies the body’s
natural hormonal balance. It is one of the major reasons for
hermaphroditic indications in frogs and other amphibians.
This research goes back to the late 1970s.
been part of our daily life for almost a century. They have
replaced many natural and safer products. Hard and soft
plastics are chemical and petroleum-based. Ubiquitous in our
environment, they have not been proven safe to use.
Thousands of new chemicals and plastics are put on the
market each year without the benefit of human safety
Chemical corporations continue to spend billions to
advertise and market plastics as “necessary” to our daily
lives. Yet, most people still do not realize the invisible
and toxic risks to using plastics.
One category of industrial chemicals that are used as
softeners and emulsifiers is called
phthalates [pronounced “tha-lates”].
These plastics are found in products from baby bottles, thin
fruit and vegetable produce bags, food wraps, children’s
toys, food storage items, lubricants, medicals devices and
IV bags, wood finishes, perfumes, and thousands of beauty
They emit cumulative but invisible highly
dangerous toxins. Since the 1970s, phthalates have been
known to be global pollutants. Even so, more than 1-billion
pounds of toxic phthalates are produced annually. No
extensive long-term tests were done before they were
Sometimes, phthalates may be listed as:
When you purchase most products containing
phthalates, most often there is no warning label to advise
you, as a consumer, of the dangers.
Phthalates now show up
frequently in human urine as a biomarker from daily
Phthalates are a class of extremely dangerous chemicals
known as hormone or endocrine disruptors, popularly called
“gender-benders.” This means that these chemicals are
absorbed into the body (by breathing the off-gassing and by
ingesting) and then cause damage by disrupting hormonal
balances (both in humans and all animals).
bio-accumulate in us and all other living creatures. They
cause serious developmental harm from the very beginnings of
life: in utero, in sperm DNA, in organ damage, early
puberty, cancer (testicular, prostate, and breast - all of
which have increased dramatically over the past four
decades). Phthalates suppress the proper functioning of the
Fukushima reactors catastrophe, now out of control,
there is no research on the synergistic relationship between
these chemical hormone disruptors and
(spewing from Fukushima’s reactors), also a hormone
Hormone disruption is a major
factor in the increase of obesity in the US
portrays this as a dietary issue. Yes, it is.
But far past
this is the use of toxic plastics that surround our every
move: from nuking it in microwave ovens and boiling food in
pre-packaged “pouches” [loaded with chemical poisons] to
drinking many different (already chemically poisoned) drinks
bottled in it. There is no nutritional value in these kinds
of packaged and prepared foods.
These toxins are stored in
body fat, and wreck the body’s ability to repair itself.
As it works its way up the food chain, where bigger fish eat
the already contaminated fish (who’ve already eaten even
smaller ones), these toxins bio-accumulate synergistically,
until it reaches the human population - billions of whom have
been eating/drinking food packaged in plastic.
This goes for
other proteins sources as well. Cows also eat a contaminated
food supply: either grass loaded with other chemical
hormone-disrupting pesticides, or water sources filled with
chemicals and antibiotics. Some of the best research on
hormone disruption and its long-term generational impact can
be found in Dr. Theo Colburn’s et al. “Our Stolen Future.”
This is essential reading.
Hormone-disrupting chemicals and radiation not only affect
the genders of animals, they can also be linked to DNA
damage and birth defects in humans.
This is rarely reported,
again because the gravity of these findings would shut down
the chemical and nuclear companies, if people knew the
extent of the genetic contamination with which we are
already dealing (actually, since the bombings of Hiroshima
In her article on the impact of radiation and
nuclear power, geoscientist Leuren Moret notes:
“The daily ‘permitted’ radioactive emissions and discharges
into the Irish Sea since the 1950’s, have turned the
contaminated sediments, seawater, and biosphere into a
radioactive sink or permanent point source of radiation,
with serious local and global effects.
radioactive emissions and discharges from global sources
have accumulated to higher radiation levels in the biosphere
than any Chernobyls would release, and are the main cause of
the large increase in ocean dead zones since the 1970’s.
People are missing or overlooking the serious impact of
chronic releases… a strategy guaranteed to continue to
How much further will this daily
contamination of the Irish Sea, and the vast additional nuclear and
chemical synergistic contamination of the Pacific Ocean affect us
Everything is inter-connected. Our planet’s entire web-of-life
continues to be in an overwhelming state of siege. Most of this is
invisible (unless it affects you or your family directly!).
Nonetheless, it continues to impact all of us. This has been the
elite’s decades-long, behind-the-scenes plan for utter destruction.
Almost 16 years ago, National Geographic’s cover story, “Diminishing
Returns: Exploiting the Ocean’s Bounty,” highlighted in graphic
detail the rapaciousness of huge trawling vessels that haul in
massive amounts of sea life.
In 1995, more than 37,000 ships with
1-million crew worldwide, created “a 50-year boom in fishing
technology [that] created a powerful industrial fleet.”(14) Along
with oceanic plastic garbage, globalization of the oceans has
destroyed them. Small boat fishermen who rely on their catch to feed
their local families are often left without resources to fish far
Poor fishermen, eeking out a minimal existence, cannot
compete with fishing supertankers.
A photo from this NG story shows
a Senegalese fisherman cleaning small sardines he caught with toxic
“Fish stock are dwindling, and once independent
fisherman now cater to the whims of European buyers. ‘This,’ says a
Senegalese community worker, ‘is just the latest battleground
between rich north and poor south.’” (15)
These poor fishermen cannot compete with mega-corporation globalized
In addition, many fish and mammals caught in these huge nets
are supposedly “unprofitable.” Their lives mean nothing.
Euphemistically called “by-catch,” it is not known how many possibly
billions of dead creatures have been tossed overboard as
unprofitable. The dramatic cost to all sea life has been
...the entire web of sea life has suffered dramatically.
Our oceans are
in a RED ALERT crisis
Thus, this human rapaciousness creates built-in diminution and
Each year, the size of mature fish and mammals become
smaller, and there are less and less species. Japan, with the
world’s largest appetite for fish (for sushi, etc.) and whales, will
now have a totally radioactive ocean soon to be devoid of life.
is loaded with mercury [long-term eating of it is a major
contributing factor to dementia. Over the past three decades,
whales and dolphins, numbering in the thousands, have beached
Oregon salmon are radioactive from decades of nuclear
releases from the Hanford Nuclear Superfund site. Many species are
in dramatic decline. Corporate-scientists have few “public”
The few independent scientists left are silenced.
Radioactivity and Nuclear Consequences
Not under any public discussion or commentary by any scientists:
What is/will be the impact of on-going radiation traveling across
the Pacific Ocean as it encounters miles and miles of toxic
How will hormone disrupting plastic and
radioactivity impact this vast area’s ecology?
What kind of real
future will sea birds and all other sea life have with this gigantic
Hormone disrupting chemicals are known to
bio-accumulate up the food chain in a synergistic manner that could
equal far more than 1,600 times the original dose of poisons. No
creature is safe from this horrendous nightmare! Nor are we.
Caretaking of our planet, Mother Earth our only home, is not a
Last month, Michael Parenti wrote of “Profit
Pathology and the Disposable Planet.” (16)
In short order, with this
ecological disaster right in front of us, nothing will be left; and
we are already in grave and deliberately orchestrated financial
ruin. Nor, are environmental organizations really doing their jobs
to protect. The one thing rarely discussed in this degraded
death-equation is the human poisoning of our oceans! It is
eradicating our planet’s species.
This is part of the current Sixth
Extinction. The last one was the dinosaurs, 65-million years ago.
What have humans wrought?
Rachel Carson (1907-1964) wrote a beautiful work, a best-seller,
called “The Sea Around Us.” It was an ode to the magnificence of our
When she received the National Book Award for it, she
“the winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are.
If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will
discover these qualities.
If they are not there, science cannot
create them. If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not
because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write
truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.”
This book is a hymn to the sea.
It was the closing of a time before
science unleashed nano-replicating particles into the Gulf of Mexico
or the illegal aerosol crimes of
Chemtrails loaded with a myriad of
invisible but deadly chemicals to poison all of us and our planet’s
lands and sea.(17)
By weight, we are 61-percent water. Salt-water oceans make up 71
percent of the earth. We cannot live without it, nor can all the
wondrous assortment of sea life. They cannot survive in toxic seas,
any more than we can survive breathing the toxic spew that no longer
passes for “air.”
Almost forty years ago,
Jacques Yves Cousteau brought these amazing
sights to our home televisions.
We sat enthralled by what he shared
with us traveling on the Calypso. There was a sense of magic that
filled his programs. They educated us, but there was more. They
enchanted us. We listened to the songs of the whales, and these new
underwater sounds enthralled us.
The music from the ocean’s depths
gave many of us a deep empathy for these far-away creatures.
we cannot live without them.
Who could then have imagined the corporate rapaciousness that ensued
and has been globalized at any and all costs?
Who could think that
whales would be hunted almost to extinction, while insane military
plans to detonate bombs, take thousands of sea animals’ lives, and
emitted sonar to harm these magnificent giants of our seas?
Navy has a five-year plan to kill 11.7 million marine mammals in the
Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico! There has hardly
been any public discussion of this rapacious warfare “testing.” (18)
For what sane reason?
The whales and dolphins, the turtles and tuna have lives, too. Not
to be hunted or burned to death. Not to be poisoned with deadly
chemicals, or phthalates, or radioactivity. Our ocean’s living
planetary gifts are under siege. They are all part of the wonders of
our world. We must care for them as a sacred trust!
Our countries are under criminal siege, as well. If humans destroy
all of it, we destroy ourselves.
We live in a topsy-turvy brutal and
violent world without ethical or moral values. In our wrecked
economies, where all social services are gutted, only the military
and killing has a giant budget. Orwellian humans, with a complete
lack of what used to make us truly human, have created a devastating
scenario that is unraveling our very web of life. This threatens all
of us right now.
What have we permitted in our names?
We do have other choices. We can cut down drastically (or totally)
on our use of plastic. As consumers, we do have choices of not
buying or using dangerous items. We can make these choices before we
go to the check-out counter. We can make safer consumer decisions
and we must speak out.
Go though your own house or apartment: see
how many un-necessary plastic items can be recycled. Use safer
items: glass or stainless steel. It is not difficult to do some
Spring Cleaning, and safely get rid of these dangerous items: There
are thousands of plastic recycle centers around. We have the
potential of demanding and using safer alternatives.
Just think what
we could collectively do by not buying or boycotting all these
dangerous and toxic items!
We no longer can shop on automatic pilot
and take things off the shelves without understanding the dangers of
thousands of products we use. There are consequences to using
products daily that are manufactured without any safety concerns.
And they bio-accumulate up the food chain to us.
1. Lynn Hermann. “New report calls
for end to all new offshore drilling.” Digital Journal. April
26, 2011: www.digitaljournal.com/article/306018
2. Updated on May 3, 2011: EPA. Japanese Emergency: Radiation
3. Kathy Marks and Daniel Howden. “The world’s rubbish dump: a
tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan.” London. The
Independent. Feb. 5, 2008: www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/the-worlds-rubbish-dump-a-tip-that-stretches-from-hawaii-to-japan-778016.html
4. See: www.algalita.org/about-us/index.html
5. Kathy Marks and Daniel Howden, op. cit.
6. Kathy Marks and Daniel Howden, ibid.
7. The Plastic Killing Fields –Pacific Ocean Gyre Garbage Patch
Grows to the Size of Texas.” Jan. 14, 2008:
8. Anna Cummins. “Sailing the Synthetic Sea.” WEND magazine.
Vol. 3, Issue 4, November 2008: p. 20. Special thanks to CAP for
sharing this reference with me.
9. Tony Barboza. “Ingestion of plastic found among small ocean
fish.” Los Angeles Times. March 11, 2011:
10. Cummins, op. cit., p. 22.
11. See: Y. Mato et al. “Plastic Resin Pellets as a Transport
Medium for Toxic Chemicals in the Marine Environment.” Environ.
Sci. Technol. Vol. 35 (2001): 318-324; and Christian M. Boerger
et al. “Plastic ingestion by plankivorous fishes in the North
Pacific Central Gyre.” Marine Pollution Bulletin. Vol. 60
12. Cummins, op. cit., p. 24-25.
13. Leuren Moret. BE FOREWARNED: The accompanying photos with
this article are shocking and gravely upsetting, but we NEED to
see what nuclear radiation does! “Global Implications of
Sellafield. ‘Irish Seas Coast Effect’ and Beyond.” April 15,
14. Michael Parfit. “Diminishing Returns: Exploiting the Ocean’s
Bounty.” National Geographic. Vol.188. No. 5, November 1995: p.
15. Parfit., ibid., p. 22.
16. Michale Parenti. “Profit Pathology and the Disposable
Planet.” Global Research. April 8, 2011:
17. May 11, 2011 update on the Gulf of Mexico “Blue Plague:
18. Rosalind Peterson.