I was watching the the Reality Check Portal for the BP videos this afternoon, and saw something pretty strange, another leak from what appeared to be
a pipe on the sea floor. For those of you not aware, that portal is at Reality Check BP
I was just watching all the ROVs and then the BOA DEEP C ROV
started to move around quite a bit and began following something on the sea floor.
At first, it appeard to be a crack in the floor, which is why it caught my attention, but eventually it began to look more and more like a 'pipe' of
I was watching for a good 10-15 minutes and I actually saw a few eels swimming around down there, which I wasnt expecting. They were a good 4-5 feet
long, but I missed the screen capture on those because I was kinda dumbstruck. Anyway, as the BOA DEEP C ROV
kept tracing this 'pipe' of
sorts, I saw a few weird anomolies that the ROV pilot decided he was going to make sure to put the camera on.
These anomolies were what looked like a raked pattern in the sea floor, almost like they had an ROV raking away some material to maybe see what has
already settled on the sea floor. I am not sure how far this was from the well, but I think the lat and long are on the pic, but a bit blurry. Here is
one picture of these 'raked' areas. They looked at two areas like this while I was watching, but I only caught one screen shot.
Then, as I was watching some more, they passed over an area of the 'pipe' that was definatly leaking. The thing is, as soon as the camera operator
saw this, he started panning the camera away, or the entire ROV moved its position, not sure. I was pretty quick to catch that one though, and I got a
decent screen shot.
You can see a 'V' shaped discharge (blue arrows) from the 'pipe' (yellow arrow). I am not sure what to make of this.
Could this be a dispersant pipe they are monitoring? I am not sure, but was hoping we could try to figure out what the heck this is. Any ideas?