One of the Saddest Pictures I've Ever Taken

An oiled yearling loggerhead sea turtle awaits transport to the rehab center in Venice, LA.

Gretna, LA

A mere five hours after my plane landed in Louisiana, I found myself standing by a dock in Cypress Cove Marina, photographing two oiled sea turtles who had just been rescued from the Gulf. After weeks of watching news of the oil spill from afar, it was suddenly all too real and I struggled to hold back tears. The turtles were obviously in distress, and it was completely heartbreaking to see. The thing we've all been fearing for so long is happening now--the creatures are paying the price for this debacle.

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