Scientists monitoring wildlife exposed to radiation near Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Plant have detected genetic mutations in three generations of butterflies there.
Around 12 percent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the tsunami-sparked disaster had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes, researchers said.
That figure rose to 34 percent in the third generation of butterflies, he said, even though one parent from each coupling was from an unaffected population.
The researchers also collected another 240 butterflies in Fukushima in September last year, six months after the disaster. Abnormalities were recorded in 52 percent of their offspring, which was “a dominantly high ratio”, Otaki told AFP.
These mutant butterflies exhibit unusual characteristics like dents in their eyes, shrunken legs marked by strange spots and abnormal antennae.
Apparently three generations of butterflies from around the disaster area already sport their very own genetic mutation which have scientists worried that radiation could affect other species. They also fear that the leak may produce irreversible damage of ecosystems and cause chronic diseases, much like the increase in thyroid cancer following the Chernobyl meltdown.
You might recall that Superchief obtained footage of what appears to be massive human mutations in Japan earlier this year.
Scientists have however continued to deny this video evidence.
“There are a number of unknown factors surrounding the genetic impact of radiation,” said Makoto Yamada, a medical doctor who examines Fukushima residents. “We still cannot 100 percent deny that the impact may come out in the future.”
Reports have been published on another animal with mutant qualities. In 2011 an amateur video of an earless rabbit surfaced on the internet sending people into a frenzy.
Reports of genetic mutation due to radiation have been widespread in Japan since the United States dropped two atomic bombs there in 1945, ending World War II. This August marks the 67th anniversary of those bombs which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, three days apart.
The devastating effects of radiation on humans has been thoroughly documented in Chernobyl, detailed in the video below:Tweet