"We saw this pod of dolphins obviously struggling just to breathe. Then we found this guy: a sperm whale swimming in the oil had just breached. Along his back we could see red patches of crude as if he'd been basted for broiling. Then we saw this pod of dolphins, some already dead, some in their death throes. It seemed they were raising their heads looking at the fires, wondering why is my world burning down around me, why would humans do this for me." -- John L. Wathen
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day." -- Genesis 1:20-23
It seems like I should draw some kind of helpful conclusion at this point, a summation. But, as Walter Brueggemann says  of the prophet Ezekial, "Ministry has to do with grieving silence after the warning is unheeded."
Rose Marie Berger, an associate editor at Sojourners, blogs at www.rosemarieberger.com . She's the author of Who Killed Donte Manning? The Story of an American Neighborhood  available at store.sojo.net .