As part of an effort throughout the West Coast, researchers will come to Malibu next month to test kelp in order to establish the levels of residual radiation released in the 2011 Fukushima tsunami that damaged the nuclear power plant, reports the Malibu Times.
"Found up and down the coast, these canopy-forming kelps act like sponges and absorb most of what is in the water. The kelp serves essentially as a natural dosimeter, which means it measures an absorbed dose of radiation," according to the article.
This year, scientists plan to conduct three series of tests to monitor radiation levels on the West Coast, states the Malibu Times. The public will be able to see the test results on a website by March.