I did a double take when I saw this news story. I'm familiar with the disastrous repercussions of an oil spill. But I've never even heard of a molasses spill...until now.

I'm not quite sure how it happened, but 233,000 gallons of molasses spilled into Honolulu Harbor earlier this week. And it seems that the reason this is a much more catastrophic turn of events than an oil spill is that while oil stays on the water's surface, the heavy molasses sinks to the bottom and consumes all the oxygen the sea life need to breathe.

One diver said he went down and saw nothing alive.

There's also the fear that the massive amount of sugar now introduced into the still sea water of the harbor will attract deadly predators like sharks, barracudas, or eels.

It's that stillness of the harbor water that could mean a very slow removal of the molasses.

It could take years.