I visited Waikiki Aquarium to see biological impacts of Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant accident. Though I have visited various places in the world to see the health consequences of the accident, I have never found any effect against creatures living there. However, there is a little concern that radioactive materials will be brought to overseas by the wind or ocean current. So we have to see the effects against overseas too.
The Waikiki Aquarium has a long and venerable history. Open on March 19, 1904, it is the second-oldest public aquarium in the United States. This aquarium harbors more than 3,500 organisms and 500 species of Hawaiian and South Pacific marine life, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sharks, and the only chambered nautilus living in captivity. The Edge of the Reef exhibit showcases five different types of reef environments found along Hawaii's shorelines.
The highlight of the gallery is the 5,500 gallon (~21,000 liters) Barrier Reef exhibit, containing over a 100 species of fish, giant clams and live corals! The giant clams in this exhibit are probably the largest and oldest in captivity anywhere in the world and weigh over 170 pounds (77 kilograms)!
Generally speaking, marine animal's growths are so fast than human beings that they are more sensitive to radioactive materials of the environment than us. So I visited Waikiki Aquarium to see effects of the accident against creatures which are grown up by Hawaiian food and water. Fortunately, I could see them grown up safely and I couldn't find any impact of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. It seems that there is no problem for childbirth and child-rearing in Hawaii, USA.
Posted by Yoshitaka Kiriake from Japan on April 28, 2015.