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2011 Fukushima meltdown not a threat to Pacific region

Anthony CanovaAccording to an article, people are fearing that the 2011 tsunami disaster that caused a radiation leak to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan could be having lasting effects on the Pacific coast region including California.

Experts say there is no need to worry, especially a few years removed from the Tsunami that rocked the country of Japan. Due to a slew of reports and bloggers, people began to panic that there could be exceeding radiation levels to be concerned with. According to the California Department of Public Health, “There is no public health risk at California beaches due to radioactivity related to events at Fukushima.” So don’t worry! Get back on your surf board and enjoy what the California beaches have to offer.

What could have caused the onslaught of fear was blue fin tuna that had radioactive cesium from the nuclear power plant in their tissue. These fish migrate from the water near Japan across the Pacific to the coasts of California. The amounts of radioactivity found in the fish were very low at best and are continuing to fall since the nuclear meltdown in 2011.

The news stories and blogging on the web caused health inspectors to check out the beaches to see if their were any abnormal levels of radioactivity. According to the reports, there was radioactivity detected but at naturally occurring levels. Health inspectors expected the readings to be coming from minerals in the sand that aren’t associated with the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima.

So again, enjoy the beaches of California! There is no need to worry about any abnormal amounts of radioactivity along the coastline. Don’t always take everything you see online as the truth. Although, it definitely was a good call for health inspectors to double check just to be sure.

Paddle boarders encounter great white sharks

Two paddle boarders went out off the California coast and were greeted by juvenile great white sharks according to an article.

These paddle boarders weren’t only startled, they became obsessed with these sharks that they went back to the shore to get video cameras. They decided to paddle back out with Go Pro cameras attached to their paddles in order to document the sharks. One shark quickly showed up and soon after there were three circling the two men.

The sharks ended up hanging around the paddle boarders for 45 minutes. One of the guys said how nervous he was at the time, but after a while his fears settled. You initial reaction must be incredible. Being in the presence of one of the most feared predators of the sea, I find it remarkable these guys didn’t panic and they were able to keep their cool.

A paddle board is only so big and can be tipped very easily. If the sharks decided to bump the boards, the men could have been knocked off and dangerously exposed. Luckily, the sharks were juvenile, so they were only six feet long or so. If the great whites happened to be bigger and more curious, this story could have taken a wild turn.