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Featuring images from the Marine Photobank, these Photo of the Week stories highlight ocean issues as well as the ability of visual media to promote ocean conservation. Would you like see one of your images as a Photo of the Week? Please become a contributing member of the Marine Photobank and let your photos work on behalf of the ocean.

Dark Days

Eileen Romero/Marine Photobank
Eileen Romero/Marine Photobank

"Photographing the Gulf Coast oil spill and the animals affected was heartbreaking. One afternoon I found a local resident of Grand Isle, Louisiana, who agreed to take me out in his boat. We weren’t 100 feet from shore and oiled brown pelicans were all over the rock jetties around the island. Some were preening themselves, while others were trying to fly but were unable to get airborne due to the oil saturated in their feathers. I started crying and couldn’t even take the pictures. The gentleman who owned the boat fought back tears the entire trip. He was born and raised on Grand Bess, also called Bird Island by the locals, which was also inundated with oil. Unattended booms that were supposed to be in the water around the island were washed up on the shore with all species of birds sitting in the oil. The oil was flowing with the tides and washing in around the island. There were only three boats skimming the water for oil. With the amount of oil I saw washing to shore, I was shocked at the lack of workers to retrieve the booms or save the birds. I became so angry, all I could think was, ‘Where are the thousands of workers, Tony Hayward?'"

- Eileen Romero >>

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