The Gulf Between Us, Orion magazine, November/December 2010 issue:
The captain seated across from me seemed troubled. He didn’t say much. He told me later when we were at the bar alone that he had worked on the Exxon Valdez spill. He said he had watched fish eat the dispersant as it gathered along the tide line in Alaska. He said he had seen the mullet doing exactly the same thing out in the Gulf.
“They’re probably just eatin’ the microbes that are eatin’ up the oil after the dispersants have broken it up,” he said.