posted on Dec, 4 2013 @ 05:11 PM
The wildlife in and around Chernobyl is exactly thriving, but is isn't dying out, either. There is a show called River Monsters on Animal Planet
which features an angler who goes fishing for the really large fish in lakes and river systems, catch and release. This past season, he went fishing
in and around Chernobyl searching for a supposed radioactive monster that had allegedly attacked some workers in a nearby lake. He caught several
different types of fish that all looked healthy in the cooling lake and canals around the plant itself. He even caught a relatively large Wels catfish
which he speculated might have been the culprit in the attack (Wels are notoriously aggressive and will even attack people if they get large enough or
are protecting their nests). He pulled his Wels out of the actual cooling canal in between patches on ground that were so "hot" they were setting
off his rad alarm.
He didn't return this Wels, but he kept it for testing. It was very radioactive, and it was also stunted in growth. So the contamination of the site
had impacted it. Being a bottom feeder and an apex predator, I imagine it had more contamination than the other fish in the chain. However, the
eco-system appeared to have plenty of fish, even if they were negatively impacted.
On land, it was a little different. According to biologists studying the land animals around Chernobyl. The area is gradually losing biodiversity.
Species are being rendered sterile by the high radioactivity, so even though individuals appear healthy, they may be unable to breed.
This may be going on with the fish, too, but no one is studying them, and the much higher number of eggs in a spawn seems to be insulating them. Or,
maybe, radioactivity in the water isn't as damaging as it is in the open air. Remember, the atolls around bikini are thriving much quicker then the
land despite having also suffered underwater nuclear bursts.