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Mexican Surf and the Oil Spill

June 29th, 2010 · 194 Comments · Uncategorized

Oiled Bird, Grand Terre island, Barataria Bay, Louisiana

Spent a week in Louisiana, at the Unified Command Center, where the Coast Guard and BP and NOAA and scores of other agencies are frantically trying to contain the spill and save animals and the marsh–then out to the coast. Devastating. Remote beaches unprotected and oiled; herons, egrets, pelicans coated with no help in sight. Even the pristine looking marshes–sloughs and estuaries tucked into green and waving marsh grass, black skimmers flying and keening–even these had the lightest sheen, burned the tongue. Nesting season. This is the world the fledglings will enter. Worst thing I’ve ever seen. But many dedicated people down there giving everything to try to salvage what they can of their home…

The story will be in the September issue of Men’s Journal.

Now in Mexico, in clean water, surfing and getting ready for the launch of KOOK (the book.) So great to be back IN the water, the calamitous, merciless and forgiving sea. With UN-oiled pelicans plunging a few feet away. Life is strange and rich. Good grace help us all.

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