Does a viral video show terrifying mutant creatures created by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant?!
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Nuclear Radiation Created These Mutant Creatures!
People are sharing a video on TikTok and WhatsApp, which claims to show that mutant creatures created by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, as a warning of what the release of treated Fukushima waste water will create!
Here is a transcript of the video:
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Truth : Nuclear Radiation Did Not Create These Mutant Creatures!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS surrounding the release of treated waste water from the Fukushima NPS, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : That Was A Baby Goat, Not A Dog
The dog with one eye isn’t even a dog. It was a baby goat that was born with one eye. The kid – that’s what a baby goat is called – was born on May 10, 2017, in the Indian state of Assam.
While the condition is rare, it is not unheard of. In fact, the condition is known as cyclopia, and occurs in the womb when the developing brain fails to separate into two hemispheres. As a result, the skull only forms a single eye socket.
Most animals born with cyclopia do not survive long after birth. A similar case in the past only survived for 10 hours. This cyclops goat, however, has survived longer than expected.
Needless to say, the cyclops goat has nothing to do with Chernobyl, and was not born this way because of radioactive contamination.
Fact #2 : Those Are Rabbit-Ear Barnacles
The alien-like creatures hanging under the bridge isn’t actually unknown mutants created by nuclear contamination.
They are just rabbit-ear barnacles (Conchoderma auritum), which are found all over the world. These barnacles look like that all the time, and were not created by nuclear radiation.
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Fact #3 : Headless Moose / Deer Has A Head!
I cannot trace the source of the headless moose / deer video (yet), but I managed to get a higher resolution video that runs longer.
If you look closely at the video, you can see that its ears. The headless moose / deer actually has a head. It is simply looking away from the camera, which makes it appear like it is headless.
Perhaps the moose or deer was looking for a potential predator in that direction. Needless to say – a headless moose or deer was never found at Chernobyl, or anywhere else in the world.
Fact #4 : That Was A Horsehair Worm!
The mysterious tangle is not a mutant creature or plant that was created by nuclear contamination.
It has been identified by multiple experts, including University of New Mexico parasitologist Ben Hanelt, as a horsehair worm – a nematode-like parasite from the phylum Nematomorpha.
Also known as Gordian worms, these parasites pose no danger to humans, as they target insects like crickets, grasshoppers, and cockroaches.
The viral video was recorded by Huang Meilan in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on 29 August 2017. It shows a single horsehair worm which appears to be tangled in plastic mesh or plant material.
Needless to say, it has nothing to do with Chernobyl or nuclear contamination.
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Fact #5 : Chernobyl Is Not Comparable To Fukushima
Now, I should also point out that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is not comparable at all to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. You can read a detailed study about this, but here is a quick summary:
- Chernobyl dispersed 10X more radioactive elements (radionuclides) than Fukushima.
- Even then, over 80% of released radionuclides in Fukushima were blown offshore into the Pacific Ocean.
- Environmental impact of Chernobyl is much greater than that of Fukushima.
- Highly contaminated area around Fukushima is much smaller than Chernobyl.
- In contrast with Chernobyl, no one died from acute radiation in Fukushima.
A 2011 study confirmed that animals living near Chernobyl have 20X more genetic mutations than normal. However, these mutations are not turning those animals into completely new species.
If such long-term exposure to nuclear radiation have not made those animals glow in the dark, or give them extra limbs, or change them into new species, it is unlikely that the far less impactful Fukushima nuclear disaster will create any new animal species.
Fact #6 : Fukushima Waste Water Is Filtered + Treated Before Release
Japan isn’t going to just release the radioactive water into the ocean. The Fukushima waste water is being filtered using the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) to remove most of its radioactivity.
The ALPS uses a series of chemical reactions to remove 62 radionuclides from the contaminated water, leaving only tritium and carbon-14. Tritium and carbon-14 are radioactive forms of hydrogen and carbon, which makes them difficult to separate from water.
The treated waste water is then diluted with seawater to reduce the concentration of tritium and carbon-14 before it is released into the ocean. The final level of tritium is estimated at 1,500 becquerels per litre, which is lower than what is required by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for release, and even lower than the WHO limit for drinking water.
I should also point out that the level of tritium in the treated waste water is many times LOWER than the waste water released in other nuclear power plants, including the Qinshan NPP in China.
Fact #7 : Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Happened In 1986
The fake video claimed that these mutant creatures were seen in 1986 – 3 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. That would not be possible as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened in April 1986.
Fact #8 : This Is Just Fake News About Fukushima
There is no doubt that Japan is facing a LOT of criticism over its release of the Fukushima waste water, even though IAEA and many experts have endorsed the plan.
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