Tabora Travel on The Mexicans: Through Their Eyes, Special on PBS, February 26, 8 p.m. ET Nightmare in the Gulf Takes Its Toll A cormorant struggles out of water black and thick with l. oil. It staggers onto land strewed with dead birds and marine life. Soon the cormorant too will die, its death throes illuminated by the fires of a burning oil well. A year ago the Iraqi Army retreating from Kuwait damaged nearly 800 oil wells along with huge oil tanks, thereby poisoning 300 miles of coast and 600 square miles of the Persian Gulf. Tabora Travel 2016.