Thursday, July 16, 2009

Alaska's Got "The Goo"

The image you are looking at is "biological" and simply massive in size, currently floating through the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow.

Known as "The Goo" scientists and Coast Guard officials do not have a clue to what this 25 mile slick is:

Nobody knows for sure what the gunk is, but Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer says the Coast Guard is sure what it is not.

"It's certainly biological," Hasenauer said. "It's definitely not an oil product of any kind. It has no characteristics of an oil, or a hazardous substance, for that matter.

"It's definitely, by the smell and the makeup of it, it's some sort of naturally occurring organic or otherwise marine organism."

Something else: No one in Barrow or Wainwright can remember seeing anything like this before, Brower said.

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Conservation Media With Bite

Kudos to PEW Trusts for a whopper of a media stunt this week.

Gathering up a group of well known shark attack survivors to plead the case for shark conservation before congress on Senate bill is S. 850 was a brilliant idea and effective.

The media had a field day and this story got as much one day press as the Sotomayor confirmation hearings.

Unfortunately MSNBC decided to add a well know industry generated cage breach video to their coverage both online and on national television.

This videos appearance on a hot media topic presents, once again, our industry negatively to millions of viewers, policy makers, and the general public.