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Multiple Author’s View In Susan Casey’s non-fiction book, The Devil’s Teeth, we get a good amount of information based on the history of the Farallon Islands and the full condition that it was currently in, how it was in the past, and how it will be in the future if the same treatment continues.Throughout the book Casey gives out details of the look of the island and the description can only give us so much. We learn about the history of the egg industry and the history of the sea life and other animals living on the island. We see that the reason behind the structure of The Farallones falling and sea life struggling is due to the treatment that is given from humans themselves with all the waste dumping. In Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano’s, Flotsametrics and the Floating World, the topic of people throwing trash and waste wherever they want is brought up and discussed with the issue of this practice increasing and becoming a global thing that plays apart in harming the environment. Finally, in Paul Greenberg’s, Four Fish, he discusses the issue of contaminated fish being distributed and served as proper food. We learn that many sea life animals are living in radioactive contaminated areas due to the waste that they are consuming themselves and being surrounded by. Sea life being affected by toxins also can bring danger to our own health because in a way when we consume contaminated fish, we are taking in all of the toxins that they have to give. History Timeline of The Farallon IslandsThe first person to actually walk onto the Farallon Islands was a man named Francis Drake. Looking to gather eggs for his journey he stopped onto the islands, than during his stay decided to name it “The Islands of St. James”. The name did not stick but years passed and egging became a popular and natural practice in the everyday life. With the activity taking over and more attention coming from the gold rush the population of the island increased by big numbers with people wanting to join the egging experience. With the island being mainly used for egging people, mostly the men, decided to officially call it “Pacific Egg Company”. This practice went on for a while but as stated by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Services,”After about 20 years and much legal wrangling, an executive order was issued in 1881 which made egging illegal on the Farallons” (FWS). Even with egging becoming a illegal activity the population on the Farallon Islands stayed and even improved by building multiple facilities including a school and a lighthouse. Many years goes by until it became a hot spot for people that wanted to catch different types of animals from the sea life but especially Great Whites Sharks. With all the constant visits from people around the world it started to take a toll on the island so some precautions had to take place. Based on information given again by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Services the island had to be reserved only for professional purposes.”After becoming a National Wildlife Refuge, the islands were left to the animals and biologists. Naturalists had occasionally visited the island since the 1800’s usually for a few days to make basic observations” (FWS). The U.S Fish & Wildlife Services and (PRBO), which stands for Point Blue Conservation Science, got together and tried to reestablish the Farallon Islands after all the damage it had took after all those years of people egging and visiting frequently for fishing/hunting. With all the restructuring of the island taking place The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration helped out with the island and the water around it which helped create the. Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary. The Start of A Radioactive Waste DumpAt one time between the years of 1946 to 1970, about 47,000 drums and other containers of a type of radioactive waste were discarded into the waters of San Francisco. They still do not have answer to the question to whether the radioactive waste is harmful to any of the sea life around the waters or if it can pose any harm to human beings. These containers also have a location that is still unknown to the public and to the people inside the job that deal with these type of situations on a daily basis. It does turn out though as stated in a article by The LA Times that many of these are in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Based on fact given by the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center we know that they built technology to help detect and monitor the waste that has been left and future run ins. “The United States Geological Survey (USGS) developed computer techniques and contracted with private industry to enhance sidescan sonar data, collected in cooperation with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, to detect objects as small as 55-gallon steel barrels while conducting regional sidescan-sonar surveys” (PCMSC). With the technology put to the test they were capable of identifying physical objects and indicated their location. With this they were also able to move from one barrel to another and in a way predict were the barrels will be located or even if they will be absent. The way they can see and predict in a way relates to Curtis Ebbesmeyer and his work with (OSCURS), having the ability to predict the presence or absence of a physical object. Even after multiple barrels of waste has been dumped into the water the believe or concerns of whether the fish or other sea animals are edible in a safe light has never been a main concern around the area. Lots of fish and more are caught around the waters of San Francisco but no one has gave a big warning of whether the animals in the radioactive waste water are actually dangerous to consume. In the past around 1990, when the situation was still in a way new, only one person that has a official spot with dealing with these issue released a statement on whether it is safe to consume are not, “We haven’t seen anything that would cause alarm,” said Laurie Wayburn, director of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory” (NYtimes). Ever since the late 80’s the Farallon Islands has been named one the most radioactive waste dump spots around, with the toxin levels high and increasing every time a waste dump occurs. So since the New York Times interview was from 1990 we can not really go based on her wording whether the fish and other sea creatures are safely edible due to the years that have since passed and multiple dumpings and findings that have taken place. No action has really been taken to help with the problem so The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has begun to push for another analysis for the danger.Prolonged Shipwrecks discovered Near The FarallonesIn 1863 a ship titled, Noonday, hit a rock within the ranger of the Farallon Islands and Point Reyes. Also in 1910 another wreckage happened when a ship sank, SS Selja, due to a collision with another ship. Than a new finding of a tugboat within span of San Francisco with no record of collison as appeared as well, with no identification being found or whereabouts of previous location known; giving it the title “Mystery Tug”. Due to all of the findings a expedition took place with the goal to look at the remains and to examine the surroundings of the ships. They also had a plan to see if anything with these shipwrecks had anything to do with the toxic waste being in the waters. The expedition was a five day job with a team full of government official scientist. As stated in a SFGate article written by journalist, Carl Nolte, “This week’s expedition is the beginning of a two-year archaeological survey of the Gulf of the Farallones, more than 1,000 square miles of the Pacific just west of San Francisco” (Nolte). They are still figuring out the reasoning and solving of the radioactive waste problem throughout the waters of San Francisco and the Farallones. They got a lack footage during their expedition, they lowered the specially made droid into the water reaching about 300 feet and they see nothing but a flat ground. There were no physical evidence of any ships and no sightings of fish or any wild life under the water; it was completely empty. “We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the ocean off San Francisco,” said James Delgado, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (SFGate). The waters of the Farallon Islands are a mystery and may remain that way if no information or evidence is find to build from.Radioactive WWII Aircraft Carrier Found Off San Francisco CoastThe USS Independence was attacked with radiation a few times linked to the multipole nuclear test done within the pacific. After these test they also had multiple combat battles with japan between the time of 1944 to 1945. The ship ended up being sunken a few years later south of the Farallon Islands after being purposely sunk by the navy. Like as stated before the federal government dumped about 47,000 barrels of radioactive waste ¬†around that times as well so that was a lot of radioactive activity going on at the same time. With the nuclear test and waste being dumped the toxics levels ost liley built up. This led to many concerns about the Farallones and whether it was as safe as it was put off to be. Given all of this information that has been put together, this led to another expedition led by The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. They used another droid-like contraction that gave the ability to get a better glimpse of the south side of the Farallones and the water toxic density levels. Contamination Found In Sea Life, Dumping Continues and Increases GloballyWith all the past regarding radioactive activity and especially the incident of the thousand of barrels being dumped into the water, the Farallon Islands has officially become a toxic zone. There have been reports of radiation contamination being found in fish and other living animals within the waters. Waste dumping is increasing by the day with more dumping done around the world, with dumps sites all over the ocean globally. This act has been illegal for some times now but the dumping has not stopped. They have found a way to beat the system by building devices that help others dump more discreetly, so it is still happening just not in the public eye. Even though this is a very harmful illegal act it is happening a lot everyday no matter what cautions people are told to take. The U.S government, nuclear industries, and even big fishery companies ignore this warning as if it will cause no harm to humans or even the sea life. There has been plutonium levels found to be a thousand times higher than it should be and it is completely ignored by the mass media and put to the side. This problem will stay this way if no serious actions being taken.My Final NotionIn conclusion the radioactive situation happening in the Farallones was perfectly told by Casey, when discussing the physical damage the island has received and took all together throughout the years. The various shipwrecks, nuclear activity, waste dumping, and even a WWII aircraft carrier being found we would assume that this place will be under heavy watch with all the radiation that is surrounding the area. The Farallones is listed as a top priority even when not treated like one, lots of time should be put into looking into the island and finding the true safety of it. The public pays barely any attention to the Farallon Islands because the mass media ignores it themselves. The majority of the public sees what’s put out and believes what is said only when it is govern officiate. The homes of great white sharks, fish, seals, whales, and many others is under watch and protected as the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Farallones will never improve and be the best it can if we as people keep damaging the space with our waste.More care should be shown towards are water and the life within it especially if we keep planning on eating from there.

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