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The flight's mechanical engineer Don Abrams said] “It’s too early in the season for this to be an algal bloom. It’s just not the color of the algae I’ve seen. I try to approach this very rationally and as a serious skeptic, so I’m not willing to say 100 percent conclusively it’s oil. But I’ve been out to the islands during the BP spill and stepped in it and it looks very much like oil to me.”