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Welcome to the Operation Gulf Rescue crew blog. Please check back often for blogs written by members of the Sea Shepherd crew.

Helping the Bird Rescue Efforts

Monday, June 21, 2010

by Bonny Schumaker

I Ieft rather spur of the moment Saturday morning for the Gulf,  Kurt called and had news from some photographers that wanted to have me fly them around here, and that plus their contacts here and the weather outlook for later this week were enough to tip the decision to "Go NOW."  It's being hugely productive so far.   Arrived midday yesterday and we spent yesterday with the oiled bird guys down in Fort Jackson.  What a great thing that was, because they're good friends with the ED and second in command of  ... Read More

Toxic Tragedy Spreads

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

by Bonny Schumaker

We watch the tragic toxic mass continue to grow, but scientists estimate that we are seeing only 2-5% of the oil. The rest remains below the surface and the damage will remain long beyond any eventual surface cleanup. Probably what got us the most was the recognition of the thousands of breeding pairs of pelicans, egrets, and more on the Chandeleur Islands, now with hatchlings. They hunt/fish together along the lines between the oil slicks and less oily water. Having seen some of those oiled fish wash up on shore, filled t ... Read More

Assessing the Damage

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

by Bonnie Schumaker

We arrived in New Orleans on Sunday May 23, and immediately began a series of aerial surveillance flights covering most of the shore areas as well as the Chandeleur Islands. Despite the FAA-mandated Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) which restrict flight to higher than 3000' agl (above ground level), by flying slowly with open window and long lenses, we obtained some good high-resolution footage of sensitive areas, and learned much about the numbers and conditions of wildlife in otherwise unreachable areas such as the Chandeleur I ... Read More

Witnessing Mother Earth bleeding

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

by Kurt Lieber Sea Shepherd Board Member

After 2 days of flying from Los Angeles to New Orleans, Bonny Schumaker and I took our first flight over the bayou of Louisiana.  This is where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico.  Bonny and I flew in her Cessna 180 so we could observe first hand, the true impact the oil disaster has been inflicting on the waters of the Gulf by British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizontal oil rig that caught fire and then sank on Earth Day, April 22nd. We were instructed by the aviation control tower to not fly beneath ... Read More