A public official in Louisiana compared the oil spill now reaching the shores to Biblical prophecy.
With its arrival on the Panhandle, oil from the BP disaster has now reached the shores of four Gulf states - Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in addition to Florida - turning their marshlands into death zones for wildlife and staining beaches rust and crimson.
One official said the affliction brings to mind the plagues and punishments of the Bible.
"In Revelations it says the water will turn to blood," said P.J. Hahn, director of coastal zone management for Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish. "That's what it looks like out here - like the Gulf is bleeding. This is going to choke the life out of everything."
Indeed it does say that: Revelation 8: 8-9:
And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
Elsewhere around the web people are invoking Hopi Prophecy:
"This is the Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it."
White Feather, a Hopi of the ancient Bear Clan.
Just something to contemplate.