ALERT: Divers find seafloor near beaches “COVERED” in “brown residue” from MS to Florida — KIDS swimming around “GIANT POOLS of oily tar balls” big as watermelons


"If I had a nickel for everything about this spill that’s never been seen before... A lot of unusual things are going to be happening." - Gulf Coast marine biologist Monty Graham

Reporter Ben Raines with another interesting article for today's Press-Register.

Since July, "Heavy sheen and persistent clouds of dingy brown water washing up in pockets" from the Perdido Pass near Pensacola, Florida to Mississippi is staining the white sand. A recent snorkeling trip along Fort Morgan found the bottom just offshore covered in a fine layer of brown residue," Raines reports.  (A photo of the brown residue on the seafloor can be seen in the Press-Register.)

According to the report, Louisiana State University Professor Emeritus Ed Overton said, "The residue is not oil."

Overton added, "It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s got some hydrocarbons in it, but it does not match the oil from the Deepwater Horizon... I would call it the biological products that result when microbes degrade oil. That’s a guess on my part... It’s some sort of new product coming out of the biological process. I think it is related to the oil, but it is not the oil. That's my guess... This stuff is similar to the oils associated with seaweed or the plant privet."

However, Monty Graham, a marine biologist with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab told the Press-Register, "The microbes take what they can, then just leave the parts they can’t eat. That’s likely happening out there on a microscopic level. I’d speculate that’s what we are seeing... If I had a nickel for everything about this spill that’s never been seen before... I think that is going to continue to be the case. A lot of unusual things are going to be happening.”

Or is it a mystery? The National Resources Defense Council's Switchboard reported August 20:

Gulf Shores commercial fisherman Raymond Vates told the audience he recently decided to take his scuba gear and go down to the shallow bottom of the seabed off the beach and look around for himself. What he saw appalled him. He says he saw giant pools of oily tar balls on the muddy bottom in just 20 feet of water, some as big as watermelons.

“I called BP about this but they didn’t want to hear it,” Vates said. “How could you act that way when you saw what I saw? There were kids swimming in the water around there. We can’t allow this to go on.”

The parents of the children swimming around the "giant pools of oily tar balls on the muddy bottom in just 20 feet of water, some as big as watermelons" should watch this video:

Oil in the Gulf is “VERY RESISTANT to further biodegradation” — “Full toxic form for decades” according to multiple scientists testifying at the August 19 Congressional oil spill hearings.

11 comments to ALERT: Divers find seafloor near beaches “COVERED” in “brown residue” from MS to Florida — KIDS swimming around “GIANT POOLS of oily tar balls” big as watermelons

  • jec

    On the dark colored materials from wikipedia--(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Negro_%28Amazon%29)
    --its waters aren't exactly black; they are similar in color to strong tea. The dark color comes from humic acid from incomplete breakdown of phenol-containing vegetation from sandy clearings. The river's name arises from the fact that it looks black from afar.'
    So.. phenol..is what is the residual from oxygenation of Benzene. Now..is it possible benzene was in the "mixture" --modified by bacterial activity-to phentol which broke down to humic acid?

  • skateboardkid

    It is common knowledge that deep water oil spills only show about 2% of the oil to break the water surface on top. Now add Corexit.

    What a smart group of irresponsible people we are. Is there a scientific explanation for that?

  • Holocaust Gaza

    If that is true, which responsible parent let their kids swim in this "waters"?

    Are those people insane?

  • George Wanker Bush

    Better get ready for another thing that has not been seen before Monty Graham.

    When the people start dying because of the contaminants in the air, water, food, etc, don't expect the Gob-Your-Mint to show any real signs of pity.

    Ad when kids are born with terrible defects, watch the Gob-Your-Min back away from this and point fingers elsewere

  • bkj

    It's the Corexit doing that. It should never ever ever be forgotten that they made this spill impossible to clean in order to try to hide it. Meanwhile most of the fish will die and this stuff is getting distributed across the USA. The leaves on the trees here 900 miles north of there are burnt on probably 2 out of 3 trees I looked at in the woods here on a tributary of the Mississippi. I have seen similar burns along the highway about 20 miles from the river. One one side of the road the corn is totally ruined on the other side, about half is. They are not going to be able to cover this up once people actually can't help but to notice.

  • bkj

    sorry I made a mistake, I'm roughly 635 miles north of the Gulf. Still, should the trees and crops here be feeling effects if everything is going to be "fine?"

  • BigBlackMeanNegro

    People wake up. Stop bringing children into this planet... Life is NOT a gift, it's a freakin' hellhole...

    Wake up,

    Let's Go Pens

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