Seattle has a new claim to fame. No, it's not coffee, software, airplanes, or even Macklemore. It's seazombies.
You can find them in "restored" salmon streams, places we've spent good money to create happy homes for fish. After our beloved fish make it all the way back home to spawn, a flush of rain washes mysterious toxic chemicals into the water. Some die, but some suffer a worse fate, they live on as poisoned seazombies.
Marine life in Puget Sound is contaminated with a stew of toxic chemicals. PCB, PDBEs, PAHs, QRXDs, ABCDs, and even MX47UDPs.
Could it be Seattle's nasty little PCB habit? It's probably toxic chemicals, but something more sinister, not so easy to identify as PCBs.
Of course, this isn't just a problem for fish. Runoff of toxic chemicals into lovely Puget Sound have made our orcas some of the most contaminated marine mammals on earth. The problem is so bad that baby orcas sometimes die of contamination in their first year.
What does this mean for people? We eat the same contaminated salmon that the orcas eat. Uh oh.