This morning, my dad, my mom and I made a trip over The Pass to see the oil situation and what was being done about it. Of course, the only boats we saw in the water were helping with the clean-up effort. And, my parents informed me, that if you are working on a boat, you MUST have a life jacket on--and every person we saw did just that.
We saw lots of booms spread out over The Pass. We didn't see any people working on the cranes, but they obviously were putting in a major boom at the mouth of The Pass. We saw lots of little fish in the water and some birds perched on the booms. We didn't see oil in the water, but we did see oil on one of the booms. Also, as we were walking back to the car, my mother discovered that she had oil on the bottom of her flip flops and we noticed gobs of oil on the sand. There doesn't seem to be any smell, fortunately.
It is a sad state of affairs. There were people in the water, but there are swimming advisories everywhere warning people not to get in. Of course, we heeded them and did not get in. However, in our little corner of the world, we have seen birds flying around our harbor, fish jumping, and we even saw two dolphins feeding this afternoon. I pray that they get the mess stopped soon so that the damage to our coasts can be minimized.
Booms spread through The Pass
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The metal boom across The Pass
Crane at the edge of The Pass
One of the booms
(Notice the oil and the logo on the boom)
Oil on the bottom of my mother's shoes
Oil clumps on the beach