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Dropping beneath the surface the only thing I see is oil. To the left, right, up and down — it sits on top of the water in giant pools, and hangs suspended fifteen feet beneath the surface in softball sized blobs. There is nothing alive under the slick, although I see a dead jellyfish and handful of small bait fish.
I make my way to the back of the boat unaware of just how covered I am. To be honest, I look a little like one of those poor pelicans we've all been seeing for days now. The oil is so thick and sticky, almost like a cake batter. It does not wipe off. You have to scrape it off, in layers until you finally get close to the skin. Then you pour on some Dawn dishwashing soap and scrub. I think to myself: No fish, no bird, no turtle would ever be able to clean this off of themselves. If any animal, any were to end up in this same puddle there is almost no way they could escape.
Originally posted by anon72
Notice it was an Associated Press reporter and NOT a FoxNews reporter. Keep up the good work A.P.
Originally posted by belial259
reply to post by ickylevel
Forget the oil what about the dispersant BP is using?
I doubt a human would be at much risk from the oil. I imagine it would create similar conditions to a dead zone, ie not enough oxygen or get sucked into the fishes lungs or something and the animals would be dying of hypoxia or something like that.
Aslong as he had a wetsuit and some tanks on he'd be fine.
AP journalist dives into Gulf, can only see oil
Originally posted by vor78
Here's some video of this dive:
One encouraging sign from that video: there's still life underneath all of that sludge.
Originally posted by Alxandro
You can try to conveniently avoid it but I really hate to break it to you because no matter how you try to sugarcoat it, it's all about politics now.