This blue marble

– and yet it spins

Looking for oil under the sea

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oilplatformThese days there are many drilling efforts around the coast of Namibia, lead by people believing there are great resources of oil to be extracted. Just recently, small amounts of oil were found outside of Walvis Bay. Perhaps in 5 years’ time the entire town and its industrial port will serve an entirely different function.

Today, dolphins, seals, and penguins zigzag between the ships and the oil rigs. In 5 years, who knows if they still have the patience to stick around. I’m not sure I would. Is it allowed for one to hope that there is no oil at all to be found?

(Walvis Bay, Namibia; July 2017)

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