Oil has now reached Cat Island and probably by tomorrow the other barrier islands will be affected. "Officially" the oil isn't there - if you are standing there you see it and you smell it and you can scoop it up along with the oil drenched white sand at the edge of the water.
The political spins on this are making me sick. We've had almost 4 dozen dead sea turtles - most them endangered species - washed up on the beach. Dolphins in distress have been documented in the gulf and several small sharks have also washed up on the shore.
Another turtle was filmed as it died in the slick. They come to the surface for air and drink the oil-laced water. But now the govt agency says "the sea turtles may have been damaged by shrimpers.
How stupid can the feds get - shrimpers know how to use the gulf, the bays and the bayous with respect for the wildlife there - which is more than I can say for oil companies and the govt. Just more spin for the masses who'll believe anything.
Lawyers and their ads are thicker than fleas trying to round up business.
I don't think either the govt or most people realize just how much damage is being done to the food supply and the economy from this spill.
I got into one of the basic courses this weekend - only to be told to wear gloves, not put oil on my face or in my mouth and watch out for snakes. Well, duh, I knew that!
The main training is still in planning stage - will be two 12 hr days and perhaps one additional day. I've volunteered to transport animals and work in the staging areas if they need me.