Not sewage, petroleum.
Friday morning: Lifeguard trucks patrol the beach. If you look carefully you can see clumps of fuel in the surf zone. It's hard to tell in the photos but obvious in person.
Friday evening: clumps of dead kelp are starting to show up on the beach. The smell of diesel isn't as bad as it was 24 hrs ago, but it's still strong enough to make me wonder how that group of people in the chairs can stand it.
Encinitas fire department, a photo journalist and Kahuna Bob suss it out.
Here is a list of news stories about the spill click here.
For some strange reason some of the local television news stations are reporting that the fuel has not reached the beach, but as you can see from the photos I took last night it clearly has.
This story should not be downplayed, the Beacon's Beach kelp beds which have made a huge comeback from ZERO kelp in 2006 to several large kelp patties and now sitting in the muck. I can only imagine what effect this spill is having on the young fish that live in the kelp. The kelp beds are a nursery for all kinds of sea life. I wonder how the kelp itself is being affected.
I assume that all the Grunion eggs layed on the beach during the last couple of weeks are dead.
The Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest has been canceled but the concert will go on. The Switchfoot guys are big time musicians these days. They all surf and are from Encinitas.