John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Wordless Wednesday - Gulf Oil Spill SOS in the Sand

Wordless Wednesday - Gulf Oil Spill SOS in the Sand

When will humans get it right?

SOS in the Sand

Pelicans waiting for the "DAWN" to arrive. An editorial cartoon by Jeff Parker of Florida Today.

Gulf oil spill Gulf Spill Pelican

With the potential for great risk comes the responsibilty to proceed with caution and have tested fail safes in place. Virtual self regulation does not work with self serving corporations.

World dependance on oil

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Port Canaveral Pelicans

Comment balloon 19 commentsJohn Mayer • June 23 2010 05:02PM


I love the cartoon, but those poor birds! Thanks for posting this. ;)

Posted by Richard Green (U.S. Cybertek, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

This oil hemorrhage has been really sad.  I can't believe we are still off-shore drilling, it doesn't make sense!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 10 years ago

John - I'm not an engineer, but I honestly can't understand why no one can figure out how to stop that "spill".  Sad stuff indeed.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 10 years ago

John - this just makes me so mad .... I can only think about those beautiful beaches and poor animals suffering from all this let alone the business's that will suffer... Really Sad

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) almost 10 years ago

I don't think the humans will ever get it right. Someone has to pay.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( almost 10 years ago

John, Thanks for the humorous side of this disaster. Hopefully the self-servers will get what they deserve!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Cute jokes John, they would be funny if it wasn't so sad a situation. Love your last shot though! 

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Phly - It does take a toll on the ecosystem.

Cynthia - There is too much money at stake and debts to be paid for campaign contributions.

Jason - You'd think they would have a solution already thought out.

Robert H - That makes two of us who are mad as hell!

Robert B - Pay now and fix it NOW!!

Wanda - What goes around comes around (usually).

Al & Peggy - Thanks, Those are "clean" pelicans and they like it that way :-).

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 10 years ago

John - We can send people to the moon but we can't figure out how to stop the oil spill.  It's really sad.  

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" almost 10 years ago

Political cartoons can sometimes be the best editorial on our times, John.  Sadly, this is so with these.  Poor birds.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi John... those poor birds just break my heart!  I feel sick just looking at that pic.

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 10 years ago

John, I think the bird and turtle stories are a huge part of the rage that people are feeling about this.  Great photos.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) almost 10 years ago

Rosalinda - The best hope is to complete drilling of the second well but in the meantime, the oil never stops gushing.

Heather - I guess the birds are just "collateral damage" :-(

Steve - I'm sure the birds are wondering what hit them.

Pat - There have been quite a few endangered sea turtles killed by this catastrophe.

Fortunately, my area on Florida's East Coast has not been affected.

Here is the latest news from AP:


In Florida, thick pools of oil washed up along miles of national park and Pensacola Beach shoreline Wednesday, as health advisories against swimming and fishing in the once-pristine waters were extended for 33 miles east from the Alabama line. "It's pretty ugly, there's no question about it," Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said. The oil reeked as it baked in the afternoon heat on a beach that looked as if it had been paved with a 6-foot-wide ribbon of asphalt. Park ranger Bobbie Visnovske said a family found an oily young dolphin beached in the sand in the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Wednesday. Wildlife officers carried it into shallow water to revive it. They later transported it to a rehabilitation center in Panama City, about 100 miles to the east.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 10 years ago

John - I can't think of any other gulf disaster that has broken my heart like this one has.  I know there was Katrina. . .But the thought that humans created this one, hits a really raw nerve.  Hopefully, BP will be successful in getting that second well drilled.  I understand it is like trying to hit a dinner plate, 3 miles below the ocean floor.  I hate to fathom the magnitude should they fail in that too.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 10 years ago

John.....The wildlfe suffers tremendously from the results of this spill.  It is a sad situation and very difficult to understand why someone can't figure out how to stop the flow of oil.

cosmic cow

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago


BP should have dealt with this much faster than they have....

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden 636-399-7544, (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) almost 10 years ago

Myrl - As always, your comments are thoughtful and insightful. Right now, there is a storm brewing just south of Cuba and if that deveplopes into a Hurricane, all hell will break loose.

Carra - I agree, they should have stopped it by now.

Ann - There was no viable back up plan in place but then, let's drill first and worry about the consequences later. It's a shame.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 10 years ago

Lots of great photos. That earth image is very cool! And I hope we're making progress on saving the animals. I have some information I'll be posting shortly.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 10 years ago

I understand bP(Beyond Petroleum)doted to the Nature Conservancy

Posted by Spurwing Plover almost 2 years ago