Haunting Image from the Gulf Coast

21 Jun

(Press-Register/Ben Raines) A speckled crab is almost completely encased in a thick layer of oil just offshore from the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Bits of trash, such as this American flag, are similarly encrusted with the thick, goopy oil found hugging the seafloor in several locations along the Gulf beach. Unlike tarballs, which can often be picked up out of the water without staining the fingers, the submerged oil stained everything that it touched. A hand passed through the material emerged covered in oily smears. A hunk of fabric hovering near the bottom was completely covered in oil.


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5 responses to “Haunting Image from the Gulf Coast

  1. graychin

    June 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    That photo should be a prize-winner.

  2. hippieprof

    June 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Indeed. I wonder how the right is going to spin this to their advantage?

  3. Gracie

    June 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Gray – I think so too!!!

    HP – The right WILL find a way to spin it – they always do!!!

  4. Neetje

    June 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Wow! How did you do this?! Amazing picture!

  5. Gracie

    June 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    It was taken with underwater gear but I don’t know who captured it, unfortunately!


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