The oil rig graveyard of Scotland

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In picturesque Cromarty Firth, where dolphins can be seen leaping between blue-gray waves, giants of twisted metal sit waiting to be used.

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These rusting rigs are a symbol of what many say is the end of Scotland’s oil industry, a looming harbinger of unemployment in communities that have depended on the oil industry for decades. But port authority CEO Bob Buskin doesn’t refer to Cromarty Firth as a graveyard but rather as a parking lot, indicating his belief that the situation will change.