Japan nuclear disaster causes mutant butterfly – PHOTOS [People’s Daily]

An undated handout photograph released by Joji Otaki, an associate professor of biology at the University of the Ryukyus on Aug.14, 2012, shows a healthy adult pale grass blue (Zizeeria maha) butterfly (top) and a mutated variety (bottom). (Photo/CFP)

Severe mutations were found in butterflies collected near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant according to Japanese news reports on Aug.13, 2012. Exposure to radioactive material from the nuclear accident has caused the mutations, according to the team of scientists conducting the survey published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Full photo article [August 15, 2012] here

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from Zuo Shou

Looking at this, I can’t help but think of the old Japanese film “Mothra”, since the title creature was a symbol of anti-nukes, ecology and peace.  I think everybody who has seen it remembers “The Mothra Song” sung by Mothra’s tiny twin handlers to call the creature during crisis:

The Mothra Song:

(Malaysian/Japanese)

Mosura ya Mosura
dongan kasakuyan indoo muu
rosuto uiraadoa, hanba hanbamuyan
randa banunradan tounjukanraa
kasaku yaanmu
Mosura ya Mosura
yasashisasae wasure
arehateta
hito no kokoro inorinagara
utai, ai no uta

(English)

Mothra oh Mothra
Hear our call for you to save us
over time, over sea
like a wave you come
our guardian angel
Mothra oh Mothra
the people have forgotten kindness
their spirit falls to ruin
we shall pray for the people as we sing
this song of love

“The Mothra Song” from “Barry’s Temple of Godzilla” webpage here

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