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Nautical Monsters of Fukushima

Did Fukushima Make Water into a Carcinogen?

One of the city legends that started to appear here and there after the tragedy in Japan was related to weird images of local sharks and fish. While cancer is problem for many multicellular organisms including not only mammals but also fishes and coldblooded species, nautical creatures are usually more resilient. In fact, the only eternal multicellular organism is lobster and it lives under the sea.

Sharks with tumors started to appear often and scientists decided to conduct researches. Over the course of years, they managed to find 21 shark with cancerous formations, but none of them were even close to the NPP of Fukushima so the connection is unlikely to exist.

Japanese fisherman reels in massive fish caught off the coast of Japan

The Monster Fish Is Not a Monster!

When the rumor started spreading all over the world, curious people did not actually check what is considered to be outstandingly big. In reality, the wolfish caught by the fisherman was not even a giant. It was merely a slightly oversized specimen. At the same time, the photographer used a smart trick and manipulated with the perspective to make the fish look bigger.

A normal fish of this family can reach a spectacular size and be over a meter in length. Note that this is not even the upper limit. Wolfish can easily reach 140-150 cm in size. The size of fish heavily depends on the quality of available nutrients and the safety of their environment. The vast majority of them simply never survive long enough to grow so big.

Japanese fisherman reels in massive fish caught off the coast of Japan

IF Hollywood movie chiefs are looking to shoot an ocean-based horror flick, they should cast this monster in the lead role. Believe it or not, this gargantuan sea beast is actually a fish – despite resembling marine life from another planet.

Japanese fisherman Hiroshi Hirasaka was stunned to reel in this gaping-mouthed wolffish – using every ounce of his strength to show off his catch in.

Usually growing to a size of 1.1 meters and a weight of 15kg, Hiroshi’s find in the Pacific Ocean – off the coast of island Hokkaido near eastern Russia – measured closer to two meters and boasted a mouth large enough to accommodate a human child.

The massive fish raises further questions about the impact that the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster had on surrounding marine life. Last year, giant catfish were discovered close to the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine.[1]

[1] During the preparation of the article were used the materials of the site https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/112743/fisherman-catches-giant-mutant-sea-monster-near-nuclear-site/