15 Jun '11, 5am

Japan whale hunters find traces of radiation in whales harpooned off Hokkaido shores: Official

Japan whale hunters find traces of radiation in whales harpooned off Hokkaido shores: Official

Relatives bid farewell to crew members aboard the Yushin Maru, a whaling vessel, on June 11, 2011. Japan whalers say they have found traces of radioactive caesium in two whales recently harpooned off Hokkaido's shores. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - JAPANESE whale hunters have found traces of radioactive caesium in two of the ocean giants recently harpooned off its shores in the Pacific Ocean, a fisheries agency official said on Wednesday. Two minke whales culled off the northern island of Hokkaido showed readings of 31 becquerels and 24.3 becquerels of caesium per kg, he said, adding that the cause may be the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The level is far below the country's recently-set maximum safe limit for seafood of 500 becquerels per kg, he said. 'There is no data available to compare whether the readings for radioactive materials are higher than normal,' he said. ...

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