This photo of a Portuguese Man o’ War, by Flickr user slkeith, is part of the National Wildlife Federation BP Oil Spill Coverage pool. Yes, that horrible black stuff is oil. No, Man o’ Wars cannot live while full of petroleum products.
The NWF’s coverage of the environmental impact of the spill is all right. They’ve set up a donate-by-phone system, so you can just text “wildlife” to 20222 to give them $10, easy-peasy-lemon-squeazy. You can also donate directly online, if you prefer.
They discovered one oil plume last week with a larger surface area than San Francisco’s (six by 20 miles, vs. seven by seven), which is terrifying, you know? It is going to cause the gruesome deaths of countless animals. If you can give some money to the cleanup effort, please do. You can’t count on BP to do anything good.