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Did Toxic Fukushima Water Kill Fish + Birds In Kuching?!

Did the toxic Fukushima waste water just kill fish and birds in Kuching, Malaysia?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Toxic Fukushima Water Killed Fish + Birds In Kuching!

People are sharing a video on WhatsApp, which claims to show hundreds of fish in Kuching killed by the toxic Fukushima waste water. It’s paired with warnings like this:

How to explain this happen here in Kuching 🫤🤔

Not too long ago, the pigeons at our waterfront drop dead from poisoning ☹️🫤

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Truth : Fukushima Water Did Not Kill Fish + Birds In Kuching!

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 : Viral Video Was Recorded In Kuching

The viral video was streamed live by Sarawak Edition at 12:14 PM on Sunday, 17 September 2023.

Sarawak Edition said that it recorded the video at Jalan Rock in Kuching, near the Shell petrol station, and an Indian temple.

I managed to geolocate the exact location the video was recorded (Google Map link) to the monsoon drain next to the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at Jalan Rock, Min Chun Garden, in Kuching, Sarawak.

On the left is the Google Map Street View taken on March 2019, and on the right is a screenshot from the video showing the same electrical pole and high-rise building.

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Fact #2 : It Was A Monsoon Drain

If you look carefully at the video, you can see that it is a monsoon drain, and not a river.

According to the person on the video, the dead fish appears to be tilapia. That’s not surprising – tilapia are hardy freshwater fish that can often be found in these monsoon drains.

I should point out that monsoon drains collect waste water from the surrounding area to be treated or released into the sea. The waste water goes into the sea, not the other way around!

Fact #3 : Fish Are Sometimes Found Dead In Monsoon Drains

Even though tilapia are hardy fish, they can sometimes be found dead in monsoon drains. That can occur if toxic substances are poured into the monsoon drain, or drains that flow in.

In February 2022, for example, tilapia fish were found dead in Kulai, Johor. Similarly, over 1,000 dead fish was found floating in a monsoon drain in Taman Seraya, Ampang in October 2014.

Obviously, all those cases have nothing to do with the release of the Fukushima waste water in Japan on August 24, 2023.

Fact #4 : Fukushima Waste Water Cannot Fly…

Fukushima is over 5,000 kilometres away from Kuching, Sarawak, as the crow flies. It is quite impossible for the waste water released by the nuclear power station there to flow all the way here.

Even if the Fukushima waste water is a homing torpedo designed to attack Kuching, it would have to flow past Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam, to reach Sarawak. There would have been reports of dead fish from those countries, but of course, nothing of that sort happened.

But most importantly, the dead fish is located deep inland – some 20 kilometres away from the nearest seaside.

Even if the Japanese somehow designed the Fukushima waste water to attack Kuching, the waste water cannot fly over land to kill tilapia fish 20 kilometres inland!

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Fact #5 : Pigeons Were Found Dead On 2 August 2023

It is true that 41 pigeons were found mysteriously dead at the Kuching Esplanade. However, that incident occurred on the morning of 2 August 2023.

The Fukushima-Daiichin NPS only started releasing its treated waste water more than 3 weeks later – on Thursday, 24 August 2023. So the dead birds were definitely not killed by the release of the treated radioactive water from Fukushima…

Unless the Japanese invented a time machine to go back in time to kill those birds with the treated waste water? Now that might make for a good movie plot!

Fact #6 : Kuching Pigeons Were Likely Poisoned

The Sarawak Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) director Dr. Adrian Susin Ambud said that the department collected samples, and a preliminary investigation ruled out avian influenza (bird flu) as their cause of death. He believes that the pigeons were most likely poisoned.

The section of the Kuching Waterfront where the dead pigeons were found is known as a place where the public often feeds a large flock of pigeons. In fact, in this photo, you can see some bird food scattered on the roadside.

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Fact #7 : 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.

However, this is just another example of FAKE NEWS being created around the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Here are other examples I fact checked earlier:

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Fact Check : Do Amaravalli Flowers Look Like Birds?!

Do Amaravalli or Amarvaili flowers really look like purple-headed birds? Take a look at the viral photo, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Amaravalli / Amarvaili Flowers Look Like Birds!

People are sharing a photo of Amaravalli / Amarvaili flowers that appear to look like purple-headed birds!

This flower is called amaravalli. If u see from far it looks like a bird, if u zoom it , u can make out the reality

It is also being posted by religious people as evidence of God’s power and creativity.

This flower is called AMARAVALLI. At first glance, you see birds on a branch, but by enlarging the image, you can watch one of God’s beautiful creations.

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Claim : Amaravalli / Amarvaili Flowers Do Not Look Like Birds!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS shared on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : This Is An Old Photo

First of all, I should point out that this isn’t a new photo, or the first time this photo went viral on social media.

It has been shared on social media and various websites since at least February 2017, if not earlier. It just keeps going viral every 2 years or so.

Fact #2 : Amaravalli Is Tamil Name For Cassytha filiformis

When I first looked up the name Amaravalli, I could find no flower or plant by that name. It turned out to be the Tamil name for Akashavalli, which is the Sanskrit name for love-vine, Cassytha filiformis.

Language Common Name
English Love-vine, Air creeper
Sanskrit Akashavalli, Amrtavalli, Khavalli
Tamil Amaravalli, Ammaiyarkoonthal
Hindi Amarbeli
Chinese 無根藤
Japanese スナヅル
Malay Rambut puteri

Fact #3 : Amaravalli Flowers Do Not Look Like Birds

Amaravalli, which is better known by its English name – love-vine, or its scientific name, Cassytha filiformis, is a parasitic vine that grows in many warm, tropical regions worldwide – from the Americas, to Southeast Asia, Australia and even Africa.

Cassytha filiformis produces flowers, but they are tiny and white in colour. They also look nothing like birds, as this photo clearly shows.

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Fact #4 : Viral Photo Is Of Cyanotis cristata

As you can surmise by now, the viral photo does not show Amaravalli / Akashavalli / love-vine / Cassytha filiformis flowers. The flowers belong to a completely different plant called Cyanotis cristata.

Cyanotis cristata is a creeping herb that is native in the Indian subcontinent, southern China, Southeast Asia, Ethiopia, and Mauritius. Its leaves and stems are eaten as vegetable in West Java.

Fact #5 : The Photo Appears To Be Carefully Framed

Unfortunately, I was not able to trace the source of the original photo, because it was shared so many times on many websites and social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

However, the photo appears to be genuine, albeit it was carefully framed to make the leaves and flowers look like birds from a distance. It is possible though that the leaves were coloured to make them purple – Cyanotis cristata has green leaves which may be brownish / reddish at the edges.

In any case, here are other examples of real Cyanotis cristata leaves and flowers. As you can see, they don’t really look like birds at all… maybe more like caterpillars with a purple crown?

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Fact #6 : This Is Just Fake News About Nature

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created about nature. Here are other examples you may have seen on WhatsApp, and social media platforms:

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Is US Sending Infected Birds To Spread Monkeypox?!

Are the US and Western countries sending infected birds to spread monkeypox to China and other Asian countries?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : US Is Sending Infected Birds To Spread Monkeypox!

The Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP (Chinese Communist Party) netizens are now claiming that the US and Western countries are sending infected birds to spread monkeypox to China and other Asian countries.

Hey, guys. No matter where you are, if you see a bird that can’t fly, can’t walk or struggle on the ground, you should never catch it, for fear of monkeypox infection. The relevant community has informed you, please pay attention to it. Remember!

 

Truth : No One Is Sending Infected Birds To Spread Monkeypox!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and shared by pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The West Is Not Sending Infected Birds To Spread Monkeypox

Just like their insects attack claim, the wumao are falsely blaming the West for sending birds to spread monkeypox.

This is utter nonsense, and nothing more than Chinese propaganda. It is also not very believable propaganda at that, and I will show you why.

Fact #2 : Monkeypox Not Known To Infect Birds

Birds have, so far, not been found to be infected with the monkeypox virus, or any other orthopoxviruses. So it would be absurd for anyone to suggest birds being used as a vector for spreading monkeypox.

The monkeypox virus mostly infects mammals like apes, monkeys, squirrels, shrews, chinchillas, anteaters, hedgehogs, prairie dogs… and yes, human beings. But not birds.

Fact #3 : Most Monkeypox Cases Are In The West!

It is absurd to claim that the West is intentionally spreading monkeypox to China and other Asian countries.

If they were, well, they are doing a piss-poor job of it, because nine of the top 10 countries with monkeypox cases are Western countries!

Country Confirmed
Cases
Suspected
Cases
Total
Spain 3,536 62 3,598
United States 2,891 2,891
Germany 2,268 2,268
United Kingdom 2,208 2,208
France 1,567 1,567
Canada 681 45 726
Netherlands 712 712
Brazil 696 6 702
Portugal 588 588
Italy 407 407

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Fact #4 : Current Outbreak Spreading Human-to-Human

In the 2022 monkeypox outbreak, the disease is being spread from human-to-human, not from birds to humans.

The global spread occurs through air travel – infected people travelling overseas, and infecting other people at those destinations.

Many of the cases have also been traced to men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners.

This does not mean that monkeypox is a sexually-transmitted disease (STD). It is not spread through sexual activities, but through skin-to-skin contact between an infected person and other people.

Fact #5 : It Is Difficult To Train Birds

While pigeons can be trained to carry messages between two points, it is not easy to train them.

For one thing – you need to repeatedly transport the pigeons and feed them at both the origin location, and the destination, until they can fly between the two locations independently.

Only pigeons have been trained reliably this way. Other birds lack the pigeon’s ability to navigate using the Earth’s magnetic field (magnetoreception), or its ease of training.

Even if the US and other Western countries want to use pigeons to infect China and other Asian countries with monkeypox, they would need to repeatedly bring the pigeons over to the target countries and back. Do you think such activity would not catch the attention of the authorities at those countries?

Without such training, the birds will simply fly wherever they want to, and not where the Americans / Westerners want them to.

It would be much easier to just fly someone infected with monkeypox to China, and give everyone there a big hug…. which is why this fake story is so stupid!

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Fact #6 : Most Birds Cannot Fly Vast Distances

The bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica) holds the world’s record for flying over 12,000 kilometres for 11 days straight without stopping. However, most birds just don’t fly very far.

Even homing pigeons can only fly for about 1,200 km a day, which is pretty darn far… until you realise that the distance between the US and China is some 11,640 kilometres!

Only the bar-tailed godwit is capable of making that flight. The homing pigeon can only travel 10% of the way across the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Fact #7 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda

This is really nothing more than yet another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).

All of the wumao articles that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.

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Fact Check : Do Baby Birds Feed Old Birds That Can’t Fly?!

Do baby birds really feed their parents, after they grow too old to fly?

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Baby Birds Feed Old Birds That Can’t Fly!

People are sharing this video, which claims to show baby birds feeding their parents who are too old to fly, together with such messages :

Aged birds can not fly and there is no old age home for them . Appreciate the small baby birds feeding them . A great message to human beings .

An old aged bird. Can’t fly and there is no old age home for it like human beings. A small baby bird is feeding it. A great message to human beings. Hats off to nature

 

Truth : Those Are Not Baby Birds Feeding Old Birds!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Larger Bird Is A Cuckoo Bird

The video does not show baby birds feeding their old parents. In fact, the smaller bird is the “parent” of the larger bird.

Fact #2 : The Larger Bird Is A Baby Bird

The larger bird is actually a baby cuckoo bird – a cuckoo chick.

It only looks larger than the “parent” bird, because it is not of the same species.

Fact #3 : Cuckoo Birds Are Brood Parasites

Some 59 cuckoo bird species are brood parasites – they don’t make nests of their own. Instead, the female cuckoo bird lays her eggs in the nest of other birds.

The eggs of these brood parasite cuckoo birds hatch earlier than the host bird’s eggs. The cuckoo chick grows up faster, and often evicts (kills) the host bird’s real chicks.

Cuckoo chicks are also very greedy, with a begging call that encourages the host parent to keep feeding it. So it grows very fast.

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