19 June 2010

Watch the creatures of the Gulf die

Pelican: A brown pelican coated in heavy oil wallows in the surf June 4, 2010 on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Turtle: A dead turtle floats on a pool of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana Monday, June, 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Hermit crabs struggle to cross a patch of oil from the the Deepwater Horizon spill on a barrier island near East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana on Sunday, June 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
 I know these are are not items in the "TYWK" category, but I plan to keep posting images like these from time to time to keep fueling the rage.  

More pix at Boston.com's always outstanding The Big Picture.


  1. I remember the Torrey Canyon running aground off the coast of Cornwall and the oil covering our beaches and killing the local wildlife. Yes, a lot was killed but a lot survived and oil being oil is degradable and within a year, it was gone. So it will be in the Gulf too. Certainly hasn't put me off from going back anyway despite the way it is hyped up.

  2. Thank you for posting these pictures. We need to confront eye-to-eye what's going on. I agree with you, we do need to fuel the rage. BP has kept as many of these images out of the press as they can . . . but they can't stop the rest of us!

    Anonymous thinks what you're doing is hype? No, what you're showing are pictures of genocide and the amount of oil in this spill is way larger than a spill from the Torrey Canyon—the ravages of our natural environment DO NOT need to remain anonymous.

    Here is an excerpt from my post early on about the oil spill at http://thedecoratedtree.blogspot.com/2010/05/gulf-of-mexico-drill-down.html:

    FOR THOSE OF US who consider our relationship with the natural world as something sacred, we have reached a point of no return—a point where we consider just how sacred it is to us. We are all complicit in the civilization we have created, whether it is having out-of-season produce shipped to us from continents far away or driving our cars to work. Our planet is in distress because of our actions—human actions—and the other inhabitants of this Earth, who we call "wildlife," are left unwittingly to the destruction and havoc we have wrought. At what point do the economics of a situation not matter? At what point do we shift into a collaboration with Mother Earth, instead of a war with her? We, as humans do not hold dominion over the natural world, except in its destruction.

    Also, here's a little something you can do: www.care4ourcoast.com

  3. @ Darryl

    You use the term "genocide" and say nothing is hyped up? The spill from the Torrey Canyon amounted to 37,536,024 barrels over a much smaller area and it's impact was devestating as that part of the UK was totally dependent on tourism and fishing.


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