Gulf Apocalypse: Don’t Watch This Video

Conservationist John L. Wathen aka “Hurricane Creek Creekkeeper” has been producing powerful videos of the BP oil catastrophe. He first went up with SouthWings pilots in early May. Now he’s released another video from June 21 that shows the Gulf Apocalpyse, including dolphins and whales dying in the open water. The day after this video appeared on Keith Olbermann’s show, the Coast Guard enacted new rules that prohibit media from getting close to the slick by boat or air.

“We saw this pod of dolphins obviously struggling just to breathe. Then we found this guy: a sperm whale swimming in the oil had just breached. Along his back we could see red patches of crude as if he’d been basted for broiling. Then we saw this pod of dolphins, some already dead, some in their death throes. It seemed they were raising their heads looking at the fires, wondering why is my world burning down around me, why would humans do this for me.”–John L. Wathen

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”–Genesis 1:20-23

It seems like I should draw some kind of helpful conclusion at this point; a summation. But, as Walter Brueggemann says of the prophet Ezekial, “Ministry has to do with grieving silence after the warning is unheeded.”

Rose Marie Berger, an associate editor at Sojourners, blogs at She’s the author of Who Killed Donte Manning? The Story of an American Neighborhood available at

2 responses to “Gulf Apocalypse: Don’t Watch This Video”

  1. I kept waiting…where are the flyover films…where is CNN…where is NBC…where is the New York Times? NO -it wasn’t the media with all their money and power, it was this little scholar-activist who became the POET of the times, as well as the JOURNALIST of the times. The brave soul like the great war photographers who go out and risk it all to bring us the pictures. This too is a war. This too is a crime. This “event” has innocent victims, just like the Spanish Civil War or the Invasion of Normandy. Wathen’s plain spoken voice and his camera buddies did what no one else seemed willing to do…they brought us the real story. Finally: I GOT TO SEE FOR MYSELF.

  2. I just wept when I read the words from Genesis. How horribly have we abused God’s creation. How horribly have we disfigured Beauty itself.

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