“A salute to sea life as it was in the Gulf of Mexico”



An underwater tour of the Gulf of Mexico by submarine and scuba, highlighting the vast diversity of marine life throughout the Gulf, from the surface to depths of nearly 2,000 feet. The tour begins in the northern Gulf, tracks south along the west Florida shelf, to northwestern Cuba and finally west to Veracruz, Mexico. This video was produced for the opening ceremony of the first “State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit” held in 2006 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

This video was also shown at the May 19, 2010 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, “Deepwater Horizon: Oil Spill Prevention and Response Measures, and Natural Resource Impacts” as part of the testimony of Dr. Sylvia A. Earle.

Chair and Program Coordinator, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and a marine biologist Sylvia Earle has been an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998. Named “Time” magazine’s first “hero for the planet” in 1998, Earle has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and has led more than 50 expeditions totaling more than 6,000 hours underwater. She was the former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Resource
Video
courtesy of YOUTUBE.com/1planet1ocean

For more on the Gulf of Mexico http://1planet1ocean.org and http://oceandoctor.org

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“The picture BP doesn’t want you to see-Contractor’s view”


Stained black it’s all black now – a contractor’s personal story.

dead dolphin oozing oil

Never shown to our President – a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds.

Filled with oil. Oil pouring out.

BP cover up cover up everything with oil a contractor’s view

BP uses the police to keep these oily images of the dead animals out of the news.All the life out here is just full of oil.

BP never showed the President.”

The grasses by the shore littered with tarred marine life, some dead and others.

“No living creature should endure that kind of suffering.”

Queen Bess Island endangered Louisiana brown pelicans rookery little white heads stained black stood sentinel. They seemed slow and lethargic-dying.

Birds trying to clean themselves, but they are unable. Oil kills.

A caring contractor attempts to save birds and turtles struggling hard to survive…

Green Reed grass mow half  black..

Five turtles drowning in oil -two dying not dead yet, but they will be.

A pod of dolphins showed up to swim with the vessel and guide it to land.

“They know they are in trouble. We are all in trouble,” the contractor said. …

BP spends 10 thousand dollars a day to major media to keep a positive image.

On Monday, a Daily News team was escorted away from a public beach

on Elmer’s Island by cops who said they were taking orders from BP.

Resources

Excerpts and Image 1. courtesy of  floridaoilspilllaw.com

Image 2. (laughing gull) courtesy of  google.com

“Oil arriving to a shoreline near you-Florida Keys”


People, animals and environment are stressed out over the spread of the oil onto the beaches and wildlife sanctuaries in the Florida Keys. Our NC staff arrived in the “Keys” yesterday to read the headlines of a local paper ” Oily slicks will arrive here within the next two days” To observe history in the making, knowing you are possibly photographing the wildlife for the last time before their entire health and habitat are altered maybe forever is a bitter sweet experience. The oil is 75 miles off shore.
  • Live feed of BP efforts to contain gulf oil leak Look at the oil covered bird images. Why is no one rescuing them?
  • Even a dime size drop of oil could kill a bird, when a bird encounters oil on the surface of the water, the oil sticks to its feathers, causing them to mat and separate, impairing the waterproofing and exposing the animals sensitive skin to extremes in temperature. This can result in hypothermia, meaning the bird becomes cold, or hypothermia, which results in overheating. Instinctively, the bird tries to get the oil off its feathers by preening, which results in the animal ingesting the oil. This ingestion can cause severe damage to the bird’s internal organs. The focus on preening overrides all other natural behaviors; including feeding and evading predators, making the bird vulnerable to secondary health problems such as severe weight loss, anemia and dehydration. Many oil soaked birds loose their buoyancy and beach themselves in their attempt to escape the cold water.
BP is currently using in the marshes a snare and absorbent boom to trap the oil.. With the tide changes, They still claim that the booms work “pretty effectively at picking up oil as the tide comes in and out.
Hello what planet are they looking at this spill from?
When oil hits the marshes, it covers the grasses and plants,
leaving the plants with high and low brown tide markings as the water recedes.
  • All Pelican and other bird nests and rookeries become covered in thick brown oil as the tide comes in.
  • The oil soaks into the soil of the marsh lands and barrier islands, eroding the fragile ecological makeup of the wetlands. Oil poisons and suffocates all it covers.
  • Even with a minor spill, oystermen reported oil-covered oysters ten years after a spill, because of oil seeping into soil.

Some scientists know think we should nuke the oil hole to close the well. Yummy radioactive fish and glowing oil balls falling from the sky-how wonderful!

Resources

Live feed and video courtesy of boston.com/caught_in_the_oil

Excerpts courtesy of   ibrrc.org/oil_affects

Excerpts courtesy of   seminal.firedoglake.com

“Saving endangered wildlife in the Gulf from future destruction”


The once beautiful rare sea turtle is covered in the Gulf of Mexico’s oil. this one is one of the lucky ones that survived to find the caring hands of a wildlife team. It was forced to fight its way through miles and miles of toxic oil. The nesting season for threatened and endangered sea turtles has just begun.  The oil has made its way to the loop current that can take it has far as the east coast where the southern migration of the sea turtles from New England to the Caribbean is underway.

These turtles are precious, and Defenders of Wildlife and its consorioum going to go to court to court to save them.

Please donate now to support our efforts in the courts, on Capitol Hill and on the ground to save sea turtles and other imperiled wildlife.

For years, the federal government has been issuing “categorical exclusions” to help fast-track oil and gas exploration and drilling in the Gulf of Mexico – effectively priming the pump for the massive oil slick now jeopardizing the survival of threatened and endangered sea turtles and other wildlife.

Just last week, Defenders of Wildlife and their associate groups called on the Senate to pass legislation to address climate change and the sea level rise that threatens to devastate sea turtle nesting ground without providing incentives for more dangerous offshore drilling.

On Monday May 17, Defenders filed suit in federal court to stop the federal government’s continued use of these “categorical exclusions” and demand an end to the cavalier disregard for the disastrous impact that offshore drilling and exploration can have on sea turtles and other imperiled species.

Your support for the court fight ahead is needed by Tuesday May 25th.

Thank you for your caring and generous contribution.

Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico are just now beginning to nest on the beaches where they lay their eggs each year. These and other endangered sea turtles are found throughout the coastal and offshore waters of the Gulf.

Resources
Excerpts courtesy of secure.defenders.org
Image courtesy of twitpic.com/1p7jqz

“Hope – the connection holds! Draining of the gusher begins”


Never in the history of modern man have those that care about nature and the environment had to watch with little to do, but visualized Mother Nature miraculously healing the wound in its sea floor dress.  Those that can be close are risking their own lifes to save those larger creatures covered

Tub scrub for oiled bird

in oil. Countless numbers of sea creatures dolphins, porpoises, turtles, sea birds, shrimp, crab, fish, coral and mollusks will not reach the caring hands of the skilled volunteers that are tirelessly struggling against all odds to save a few of the trillions of living things affected by this gusher.

At least from the Exxon Valdez crisis,  the oil was from just one tanker, but Alaska is still cleaning up globs of oil from that disaster on their shores.

Black columns or plumes of oil have forced themselves out from the gusher.

They rise up for 10 miles in length below the visible slick in the Gulf of Mexico. (See video)

Some success!  BP for the first time in 25 days

In a major step toward containing a massive Gulf of Mexico oil leak, BP said a mile-long tube was funneling crude Sunday from a blown well to a tanker ship after three days of wrestling to get the stopgap measure into place on the seafloor.

The contraption was hooked up successfully and sucking oil from a pipe at the blown well Sunday afternoon after being hindered by several setbacks.

Engineers remotely steering robot submersibles were trying again Sunday to fit the riser insertion tube into a breach nearly a mile below the surface, BP said.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/cOeJAP

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/chcj9p
Image courtesy of    html  http://bit.ly/csJx5l

Video 1. courtesy of   Youtube.com

“Oceans our life”


As the Obama administration was approving the disastrous BP drilling, it was also lifting the decades-long, nationwide moratorium on new offshore oil drilling. It plans to push similarly dangerous oil rigs into Alaska, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Coast from Maryland to Florida.
Here are some reasons presented by we should protect the ocean and all are waterways.

Fifty years ago the ocean was pristine and balance place to live. Sylvia Earle pleads with us to save our life by saving our oceans and waterways. The ocean is on life support. We have dumped and polluted , over fished and caused the warming of the ocean the heart of the earth.

Ninety percent of the big fish in the sea are gone in fifty years! We have only protected .8 percent of our oceans as National or International Marine Reserves.
Listen to Sylvia as she helps us find ways to protect our water, fish and all sea life.

Part of helping save our oceans is to protect them from reckless drilling. Our government must be encouraged to move in this direction.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar proudly boasted, it will be the biggest expansion of offshore oil drilling in 30 years over the next ten years.

We have to take action right away. Make a special emergency donation now to our new Gulf Disaster Fund.

Please make a special, emergency donation today to our Gulf Disaster Fund.

Thank you for this generous emergency contribution.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Center for Biological Diversity

Video courtesy of  ted.com

“Dam-age if you do Dam-age if you do not -oil spill clean up”


The potential effects of the crude oil itself on the health of the entire biome, man through the tiniest of sea creatures, from the spill is long term. The crude oil is toxic if inhaled, ingested or if one is coated with it. Everyone’s being touched by it could suffer respiratory, skin reactions and cancers of various types are some of the possibilities.  Toxicity from hydrocarbon (crude oil/petroleum) exposure depends on which organ system is predominately involved. Organ systems that can be affected by hydrocarbons include the pulmonary, brain and nervous system, cardiac, embryological, gastrointestinal, hepatic, kidney, dermatologic, and hematologic systems. The respiratory system seems to be most effected with pneumonia.
As the crude oil is dispersed by wind, weather and the sea, micro organisms ingest it and as larger animals up the food chain eat the smaller ones  thus spreading the residues from the oil into their body tissues. These are the dangers to living systems (without even considering the land, shoreline and soil communities.) is if no one uses dispersant.


The effects of
dispersants

In a 2005 National Academy of Sciences report, the dispersants and the oil they leave behind can kill fish eggs. A study of oil dispersal in Coos Bay, Ore. found that it accumulated in mussels. Another study examining fish health after the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989 found that PAHs (dispersant) affected the developing hearts of Pacific salmon. The acute toxicity of dispersants is generally attributed to the effects on biological membranes; usually the  dispersant disrupts  the outer membrane of respiratory cells, often causing electrolytic and/or osmotic imbalance within the cell.

There is insufficient understanding of the fate of dispersed oil in aquatic ecosystems.
A version of Corexit a dispersant was widely used after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and, according to a literature review performed by the group

the Alaska Community Action on Toxics,

Corexit a dispersant was later linked with

health impacts in people including respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders.

surface-active compounds in the dispersant likely affect the embryonic membrane. This is evidenced by the fact that developed, abnormal larvae were virtually nonexistent at the end of experiments, observers either found fully developed, normal larvae or embryos that had been arrested at the multicell stage, often appearing as only loose aggregations of cells. These observations are consistent with known effects of surfactants on biological membranes.  The dispersant increases permeability, loss of barrier function, and osmotic imbalance  Some other abnormalities have been seen in developing embryos in marine echinoderms and other gastropods. Some mysid mortality may seem to be asphyxiated through damage to respiratory structures
The dispersants used today are less toxic than those used a decade ago.  Toxic still. Maybe they accumulate slowly, or disrupt the hormonal systems of animals and humans less-no one has bothered to research these toxins in long term studies to find out. Possible Russian roulette with the Gulf’s version of Texas Tea.
For a little bit of levity  on the oil rupture check out  Stephen Colbert.
Resources
Excerpts
courtesy of  http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/821143-overview
Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.madsci.org
Excerpts courtesy of   www.pwrc.usgs.gov/infobase/topbibs/petroleum.pdf

Image courtesy of    http://bit.ly/ad2lhb

Image courtesy of   US Air Force


“Louisiana’s oil spill came at the worst time”


Louisiana’s oil spill came at the worst time possible nesting season.

This is migration, spawning and nesting time for migratory song bird, endangered brown pelican and upwards of 25 million birds a day transit the region in their northern migration. More than 70 percent of the country’s waterfowl frequent the gulf’s waters, including the brown pelican, which is in its nesting season on Breton Island, in the spill’s projected path. That population of birds is still recovering from a previous oil spill that devastated the population.

How many will animals will we lose this time?

Federally protected marine mammals including the endangered whales, dolphins and all species of sea turtles are at the greatest risk. A pod of sperm whales has been sighted near the spill but has so far avoided the area. Endangered sea turtles are more vulnerable to nest they swim to shore to lay eggs on protected beaches.

No animal is safe from being coated with oil as they rise to the surface to breathe. Unable to breathe or by eat uncontaminated sea food they and their young are doomed. If feathers are covered in oil birds will starve, they will fly no more.

There seems to be way too many of these “accidents” of late.  Now BP Oil has waited far too long to begin clean up especially since 5,000 barrels of oil are pouring out into the Gulf daily.  Gulf is on fire 1800 degrees manmade fires with 1800 feet plume of toxic gases polluting even the air of the Gulf after a rupture in the well over one week ago.

Tonight (without divine intervention) it will invade the coastal wetlands.

Our government wants to open more of this drilling off the shores of our most pristine lands along the coast of Alaska and in our national parks like the Grand Canyon.

Tell your senators to forget it and develop clean sustainable energy instead or your children may not know much of the wildlife we have grown to love and admire.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/aAIi35

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/aZeT7T

Video courtesy of   http://bit.ly/9N6azh

Video courtesy of  http://bit.ly/9iNrHB


“Good news/bad news for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle in Texas”


This is the first year that such a sharp decline of nesting Kemp’s Ridley have been documented on their home beach in Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, in the state of Tamaulipas. In video footage from 1947 approximately 42,000 Kemp’s Ridley nested during that single day! About 80% of the nests, about 33,000, were collected and transported to local villages in that year. In 2006, about 12,143 nests were documented in Mexico, with 7,866 of those at Rancho Nuevo. The three main nesting beaches in Tamaulipas, Mexico are Rancho Nuevo, Tepehuajes, and Barra del Tordo. Nesting also occurs in Veracruz, Mexico, and Texas, U.S., but on a much smaller scale. Occasional nesting has been documented in North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida.

Kemp's Ridley sea turtle

Good news bad news

On the Texas coast, 251 Kemp’s Ridley nests were recorded from 2002-2006. For the 2007 nesting season, 127 nests have been recorded in Texas, with 73 of those nests documented at Padre Island, This nesting season has just begun and 21 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were found dead or dying on beaches in the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. Many areas lack the proper protection needed.  Federal officials and conservationists are concerned about unusually large numbers of dead Kemp’s Ridley turtles that have washed up on beaches along the upper Texas Gulf Coast since April 1.

The new rewrite of the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Recovery Plan is open for input until May 17, 2010. The current plan lacks adequate protection for the turtles on the Texas nesting beaches and offshore habitats.

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project needs your help to
Strengthen Recovery Plan for Texas Sea Turtles

Almost extinct 20 years ago, the Kemp’s Ridley appears to be on the road to recovery. Upper Texas Gulf Coast can expect greater numbers of turtles and must get greater habitat protections to strengthen our recovery efforts. The current Recovery Plan looks ahead 10-20 years assuming continued population growth, ignoring deaths by shrimp trawls, beach vehicle traffic, and habitat destruction these endangered species need strong protections.  We have until May 17 to ask the Recovery Plan Committee to update their Plan to include greater protections for the growing numbers of Kemp’s rRdleys nesting on Texas beaches


Take Action to Protect Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

We have until May 17, 2010 to ask the Recovery Plan Committee to update their Plan to include greater protections for the growing numbers of Kemp’s Ridleys nesting on Texas beaches.

Two ways you can help our efforts today:
1) Click here to send a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service urging greater protections for Texas Kemp’s ridleys.

2) Please donate to the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Adopt a Nest, or make a large contribution and receive an onyx carved turtle.

Thank you for your continued support of our beloved and endangered Kemp’s Ridleys sea turtles at the  Island National Seashore. Those 127 nests are a record for the Texas coast, passing the 2006 record of 102 nests.

We have until May 17 to ask the Recovery Plan Committee to update their Plan to include the growing numbers of Kemp’s ridleys nesting on Texas beaches and accelerate the scientific process of identifying the most important marine foraging, breeding and inter-nesting habitat for these endangered sea turtles.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://seaturtles.org

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.nps.gov/pais/naturescience/kridley.htm

Image courtesy of  Nature’s Crusaders library

“Endangered Sea turtles 1 Mex. shrimpers 0”


On April 20, 2010, Mexican certification to export wild-harvest shrimp (caught at sea) to the United States will be withdrawn.
Mexican shrimper nets lack turtle extruder devices that are up to US standards. Without extruders on their shrimp nets, sea turtles are drowning needlessly,

because its trawls lack required protections for endangered sea turtles, the State Department said. proper exclusion devices can prevent turtle mortality in shrimp trawl nets up to 97 percent.

It will not affect shrimpers this year, because Mexico’s shrimp season will have closed until fall.
The Endangered Species Act lists six of the seven sea turtle species as endangered or threatened.

Mexico’s National Fisheries Council said last week that it was working to upgrade these devices to apply for re-certification of its shrimp fleets following new inspections in August and September 2010.
This U.S. action only applies to shrimp wild-harvested in open ocean, which account for only about 20 percent of Mexico’s annual shrimp production. Most of Mexico’s shrimp are caught in shallow coastal waters or are farmed.
Resources
Excerpts
courtesy of   http://bit.ly/aQGXDZ

Image courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library

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