Meet Mike, The Most Radioactive Fish Ever From Fukushima

Tyler Durden's picture

Almost two years after the awful nuclear disaster occurred, a fish caught near Fukushima on Friday January 18th had a record-breaking level of radioactive contamination over 2500x the legal limit. TEPCO measured 'Mike the Murasoi' at 254,000 becquerels per kilogram (with the limit for edible seafood at 100 becquerels). As Le Monde reports, the previous record (caught on August 21st 2012) was a mere 25,800 becquerels/kg. As further precautions, TEPCO is installing new nets 20km around the Fukushima Daichi site to avoid highly contaminated fish gettig too far and being consumed by other species. While Mike's family are no doubt distraught (at him being caught and being so radioactive), it appears (somewhat disappointingly) that there is no apparent third eye, lazer fins, legs, or other 'expected' 'blinky' malformations.


Mike - the slightly crispy looking Marusoi...


Doesn't look anything like Blinky...

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Atomizer's picture

Turn in your terrorist fishing apparatus to receive your IRS tax credit.. Developing story!! (Assault weapons are first in line for IRS Tax Credit Eligibility )

Ready to eat: the first GM fish for the dinner table

Peter Pan's picture

Everything in this world is over the limit. The only question is when will we reach the limit of what this world and its people can take.

e_goldstein's picture

I think the real question is:

"Who the fuck is stupid enough to be fishing near Fukushima?"

Peter Pan's picture

Yes, I agree but how far does NEAR FUKUSHIMA extend to? US coast line?

Northern Lights's picture

"Near Fukushima" is pretty much a moot point now.  The whole world has been affected.  Everyone now and going forward has a little "piece" of Fukushima in them.

nowhereman's picture

Anyone eating any Pacific seafood?  I'd think twice.  Fukishima continues to pollute to this day.

Atomizer's picture

Problem, action, solution.. Peasants must buy our globally produced slave wage shit, just don’t counterfeit our universal fiat of power & control. Or, we’ll declare another chaos moment to pronounce suffering of millions through reminding you who is in charge. Guess who is very scared, not me!

The Second Rule's picture

Look up 'pelagic' and I think you'll see the answer is everyone.

AgAu_man's picture

Q:  "Who the fuck is stupid enough to be fishing near Fukushima?"

A:   Dr. Stein and Gen. Tically:  Dr. Frank N Stein, and Gen. E. Tically.  Under a well-funded Gov grant/project.

BigInJapan's picture

Now you're catching on, as it were.

They can't sell fish from Fukushima. What they can do is catch it off Fukushima, put in at a port down the coast and sell the fish as having been caught locally.

The Japanese are fairly adept at fucking eachother in the ass, contrary to their "honorable" stereotype.

q99x2's picture

Time to genetically engineer the greed gene into extinction.

The Second Rule's picture

My turn to jump the fish. I wonder if that's what GE stands for?

The Second Rule's picture

Arnie Gundersen took a bunch of soil samples in Tokyo from his latest trip. He had them tested and they were all 4-5x background radiation. Busby has been testing air conditioner filters (indoor filters!) with results of 100,000+ becquerels per kilogram. And tests on car air cleaners are over the top, double that at least. For reference, 3x background is considered mandatory hazmat disposal situation in most states. Japanese government is fortunate their people practice the code of Bushido, otherwise they'd all be run through with Hanzo swords:

pashley1411's picture

So, are we going to rename Godzilla the "Fukushima Guppy"?

 Sell this to TSA, we could call it traveler pre-irridation, necessary for national security, natch.  We need a lobbyist or 30, an academic or 20.   Add it by TSA mandate to airport food, add it to government food supplements, make it taste better than a bag or pretzels, how hard would that be?

Only has to work as well as electric cars, could make a mint before the liability lawsuits come rolling in, bankruptcy, think up the next scam. 

marcusfenix's picture

great, you know what's coming next.

terrorists armed with radio active fish, threatening our food supply.

the DHS radio active fish terror crises response division will be greeting you at the doors of whatever establishment you choose to conduct your grocery shopping at...

two things I can promise you.

there will be a terrorist plot on US soil involving one (or more) large van(s) full of glowing fish and...

an Iranian used car salesmen will be at the center of it.

joego1's picture

Iranians announce ballistic fish launcher. Isreal on high alert...

CoolBeans's picture

We catch and release in Gulf of Mex.  I recently bought my son a headlamp for night fishing. Fish will be easier to catch when they glow themselves.

But seriously - the mismanagement and the hiding of info in connection with this nuke situation is beyond criminal, Japan.

madcuban's picture

No problem. If the govt bans fishing boats, then no one will catch radioactive fish. It's the boats fault, not the radioactive fish.

Freddie's picture

Poor Mike the fish. Hopefully he ends up in Pelosi's, Bloomberg's or our dear Mullah's sushi.

Winston of Oceania's picture

If Pelosi has any of it you can bet it's going into the tuna...

carbonduke's picture

Imagine, a nuclear powered tuna on the fishing line. What a fight that would be.

joego1's picture

Bluefin nuke sells for 2 million!

The Heart's picture

Here for your entertainment purposes is a mini-report.

We have all watched the readings on this map progressively increase in greater and greater counts. The radiation continues to rise higher and higher since the days after the tragic meltdowns.:

And here are some reports from a few brothers that are keeping a close track on this up above the border from all the good eastern folks.:

In the middle of the country, it also continues to accumulate and we are getting higher readings too.

This real deal is ONLY getting worse and is being allowed to. What is good to eat and drink is only determined by a real check with a quality counter. The Inspector Alert is our choice, and a good one and can be found cheaply here:

Potassium Iodine is a good thing to take lightly almost daily:


Lumberjack's picture

Thanks to General Electric for that one and the PCB isses here...


I was at two marathon's, one in Providence (1/2 maraton and another in San Antonio this last year). There was a vendor at both events that sold "sustainable tuna products" from the pacific as the Atlantic was fished "unsustainably". I posed the question about Fukushima and they gave me a pamphlet and a website that "proved" there wasn't a problem with radiation, and the idiot running the booth swore up and down that no radiation was present even with fish caught off of Fukushima...


I am from New England. I know fishing and a little about the fisheries and permitting and moreso about energy (think offshore wind and putting the average fisherman out of business ala discovery channel stye). but I digress...


Needless to say, the only thing fishy I eat doesn't glow in the dark. I passed on the taste test offered.


americanspirit's picture

I think that we had all better get used to the idea that there is no safe food anymore, that all of our lives are going to be shortened and made more sickly because of the actions of corporations and governments, that all water and air is already polluted to the point of no return, and that our children and their children are going to live progressively shorter, nastier lives until finally the human species disappears.

Have a nice day.

The Second Rule's picture

Soylent Green does seem to be where we're headed. If you haven't seen it, or seen it in awhile check it out. It's very prophetic.

ptoemmes's picture

That fish was juicing radioactive dope...let Oprah interview it.  Oh, forgot it'ss dead.

I'm gonna name it Mike Armstrong - RIP.



ferret's picture

I have been monitoring radiation levels in Sacramento Ca using a GM-10.  I collect for background and then use my car airfilter to test for accumulations.

On 7/13/2011 I measured for a period of 80 minutes.  Mean 37.44CPM, Std Dev: 4.94 CPM, Min 28.00 CPM, Max:49.00.  No difference between background and car filter

On 12/28/2012 I had the following readings:  (all reading periods were 80 minutes)

Background:  Mean: 38.30CPM  Std Dev: 6.15  Min:22.00, Max 56.00

Car Filter:  41.30CPM  Std Dev 5.93, Min:29.00 Max 58.00

As you can see there has been a slight increase in CPM.

I also check  my wife's fish sticks (Alaskan Pollock).  No difference from background.

robertocarlos's picture

If you combine the fish with the electric company, you get Homer Simpson. Washo!

robertocarlos's picture

Mike proves you can absorb 2500X the recommended dose of radiation and still live a normal life.

magpie's picture

nom nom nom

take more wasabi and the bad taste goes away

Tango in the Blight's picture

Doesn't look like that three tits girl in Total Recall either.

giggler123's picture



Doesn't look anything like Blinky?


You do know he's supposed to be white?  No brown spots.  Did you notice he is now a she?  worse than a 3rd eye.

geekgrrl's picture

This is why I no longer eat seafood, oh, and the fact that Hillary told the Japanese we would be happy to take their radiation-laced seafood, no testing required. When I look at all the things that are considered crimes in our world, this outranks them all. Why are Tepco officials still free? Why does anybody listen to these criminal politicians that shield industries of death?

Nuclear needs to go. The only reason for its existence is to generate material for nuclear weapons that we don't need either. If ever there were a better example of the lunatics running the asylum, I have yet to see it.

It is also an excellent example of the non-neutrality of technology. In this case, the beneficiaries are the Japanese military and nominally the Japanese people due to the byproduct (electricity) of creating fissile nuclear materials. Those paying the costs are every living thing on the planet, to varying degrees. All technologies have this double-sided nature where benefits go to one group and costs go to others, but it's amazing to me how many people can't see it. It's not a matter of technology being good or bad, you get both whether you like it or not. It's really not even a matter of good and bad, since those are human value judgements. In my view, the most important aspect of any technology is: in what ways can it change the environment we have to live in? And the value judgement I am going to apply is that technologies that tend to make the planet unlivable for complex organisms are bad, and those that do not are good. Of course there is a spectrum here, but I would be happy to debate any pro-nuclear power folks who want to try to argue that nuclear power is either necessary or good.

toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

Plenty of YouTube idiots would chow down on Mike on camera for 15 seconds of fame.

geekgrrl's picture

Many many more will be relying on Pacific fish for subsistence, and like Mike, they are completely innocent.

What we have here is a grand experiment. How high can radiation levels go before population growth goes negative? I pretty much take it as a forgone conclusion that all the radioactive material in and out of nuclear reactors will end up where it came from, the environment, and we will see if humans can live in that. I feel very sorry for future generations and I'm glad I never had kids.

disabledvet's picture

funny i have to get to page 4 before i can see Arnie's name finally posted. This was one of the Greatest ZH moments ever...and yet the "truth leaches away" doesn't it. Glad to see a reprise of course...but let's face it this is the biggest industrial accident in history and unlike say an "Algerian hostage rescue" we're dealing with a far more insidious and far greater loss of life. At least for now. Somehow i don't think the "Algerians kill all the hostages on a Saturday" was an accident. I'll pick up my New York Times tomorrow. Keep on rockin' Arnie!

Joe A's picture

Coming to a shushi bar near you

matrix2012's picture


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