H/t reader kevin a.
* * *
– Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest (Life Science Oct 18, 2014):
Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.“When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.
A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider.
Prof. Dr. Bin Mori:
“This is the first discovery in the world that an insect highly concentrates silver. Also, it is evident that bio-concentration of radioactivity in the forest has already started.”
Now guess what will happen if human beings eat radioactive Japanese food?
Still believe the government?
– #Radiation in Japan: Spiders in Iitate-mura Concentrating Radioactive Silver 1,000 Times (EX-SKF, Nov. 7, 2011):
Dr. Bin Mori is a professor emeritus at University of Tokyo, Faculty of Agriculture. Since the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear crisis on March 11, the professor has been writing his blog focusing on the effect of radiation in plants and remediation of agricultural land.
I have featured his autoradiographs of dandelion and horsetail on my blog before.
In his post on October 30, Professor Mori wrote about his discovery, probably the world first, he made in spiders (Nephila clavata) he caught in Iitate-mura, Fukushima Prefecture, where the villagers were forced to evacuate after being designated as “planned evacuation zone”. The spiders, he found, had radioactive silver (Ag-110m) at 1,000 times the concentration in the environment.
The following is my translation of Dr. Mori’s October 30 blog post, with his express permission:
Since it was difficult to collect plants in the rain in Iitate-mura, I caught instead “nephila clavatas” in the bamboo groves and cedar forest.
I don’t know whether the spiders eat dirt itself, but I thought they may have concentrated radioactive cesium in their bodies as they were at the top of the food chain in the forest, eating butterflies, horseflies, and drone beetles that they caught in their webs.