A Day at Oil Beach

A container ship hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge last week and released 58,000 gallons of crude bunker oil into the bay. I took a walk along Ocean Beach, which is on the Pacific Ocean side of San Francisco, to see if I could find anything amiss. If anyone knows why the jelly fish are washing up, I’d love to hear about it. This was shot with the amazing and resilient Sanyo Xacti E1, which I love.

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  • ugh, how disgusting and sad and enraging. thank you for taking this video and putting it up so we can all get a firsthand account of what’s going on with even the most lightly affected beaches in the bay area.

  • ugh, how disgusting and sad and enraging. thank you for taking this video and putting it up so we can all get a firsthand account of what’s going on with even the most lightly affected beaches in the bay area.

  • Thanks for the video, what a shame. I’ve been hearing about people threatened with arrest for helping to clean up the spill. Public safety is great, but threats may not be the best way to pursue it.

    All the more reason for all of us to keep our cameras close at hand as much as possible. And all the more reason to get out of the oil game as soon as possible.

    -Oscar

  • Thanks for the video, what a shame. I’ve been hearing about people threatened with arrest for helping to clean up the spill. Public safety is great, but threats may not be the best way to pursue it.

    All the more reason for all of us to keep our cameras close at hand as much as possible. And all the more reason to get out of the oil game as soon as possible.

    -Oscar

  • aww… so sad. šŸ™

    thank you for taking this. i had no idea it would be affecting ocean beach too! ug. sooo horrible.

  • aww… so sad. šŸ™

    thank you for taking this. i had no idea it would be affecting ocean beach too! ug. sooo horrible.

  • jesus, this makes me so angry.
    turns out it was the ship’s first voyage with a new crew.
    This wouldnt be a problem if they were simply honest when they wrecked and started leaking oil. Cleanup could have occurred sooner. Instead they’ve only cleaned 10,000 gallons of the 50,000 gallons spilled. The rest is as you found it…everywhere.

    A good lesson why we need clean energy now.

  • jesus, this makes me so angry.
    turns out it was the ship’s first voyage with a new crew.
    This wouldnt be a problem if they were simply honest when they wrecked and started leaking oil. Cleanup could have occurred sooner. Instead they’ve only cleaned 10,000 gallons of the 50,000 gallons spilled. The rest is as you found it…everywhere.

    A good lesson why we need clean energy now.

  • amazing video. ever since I was a kid, seasonally jellyfish wash themselves up on the beaches here in some sort of mass lemming thing — but those are always like in the hundreds and they’re really tiny (clear or purple, and they have a ‘jellyfish smell’). they’re like maybe the size of sand dollars. but I’ve never, *ever* seen ones on the beach that big. it’s shocking. I’m guessing the oil got ’em. this is so fucked up.

  • amazing video. ever since I was a kid, seasonally jellyfish wash themselves up on the beaches here in some sort of mass lemming thing — but those are always like in the hundreds and they’re really tiny (clear or purple, and they have a ‘jellyfish smell’). they’re like maybe the size of sand dollars. but I’ve never, *ever* seen ones on the beach that big. it’s shocking. I’m guessing the oil got ’em. this is so fucked up.

  • Sarah

    Wow, this is terrible, heartbreaking and unsettling. Like some grotesque thing just vomited onto an otherwise lovely beach. I wish I were there to help. Great citizen reporting, though, Eddie.

  • Sarah

    Wow, this is terrible, heartbreaking and unsettling. Like some grotesque thing just vomited onto an otherwise lovely beach. I wish I were there to help. Great citizen reporting, though, Eddie.

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  • Thanks eddie. Your video showed more globs than the video at sfgate. I hope you washed your hands! according to the MSDS on Bunker Fuel, that stuff causes cancer.

  • Thanks eddie. Your video showed more globs than the video at sfgate. I hope you washed your hands! according to the MSDS on Bunker Fuel, that stuff causes cancer.

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