UPDATED 7/24, 10:04 pm
No need to worry about those daisies after all!
Biologist Beth Krizek, of the University of South Carolina, stated that the deformities are a fairly common process called fasciation. According to her, it is caused by something that affects the way the plant cells replicate, resulting in over-proliferation in some of those cells.
The causes listed were of a natural mutation, hormonal changes or environmental stresses and the seeds of those daisies pictured would have to be planted for study before determining if the radiation was to blame or if it was just au natural.
So, while the daisies may be the result of natural cell abnormality, further testing could reveal our worst fears. We shall stay close and see if and when their conclusions are revealed.
The internet is abuzz over a remarkable, odd picture of some daisies in the area surrounding the Fukushima nuclear calamity that registers second only to Chernobyl.
It was @san-kaido, a resident of Japan's Nasushioaba city, who tweeted the picture back on the 27th of May this year. While it is riding this internet spike in attention, it has to make you wonder if it is having this kind of effect on local plant life, and what about all the fallout waste that leaked into the Pacific Ocean?http://twitter.com/san_kaido/status/603513371934130176/photo/1
Courtesy of an update on the situation back in August of 2013, conducted by National Geographics, the Japanese government confirmed that since the Tsunami in March of 2011 until August of 2013; 300 tons of waste have been seeping into the Pacific Ocean, which is the amount of liquid needed to fill 8 Olympic sized swimming pools. Everyday... leaked into the Pacific Ocean.
While that is a terrifying thought, The Washington Post released an update in December of 2014, that highlighted a study on scientists who measured isotopes off of Canadian ships that made trips into the Pacific Ocean from 2011-2014. While they did find traces of those isotopes released by Fukushima, they were extremely diluted to the point of being a single drop in the bucket.
Still your mind has to wonder about the effect that radiation has had on the animals and plants before it reached such a diluted amount. The effects are evident on the daisies, but what about the effect of fish that eventually ended up in the stomachs of millions of people? Apparently, that's not evident. Yet.
Time will ultimately tell, let us hope that we haven't made Earth too unrecognizable to still enjoy it.
What are your thoughts about this situation?