PHOTO UPDATE FROM HORN ISLAND: Too Many Dead Horseshoe Crabs to Count; Remnant Oil Both on the Beach Surface and Buried as Deep as 4 Feet, Stuart H. Smith, Esq. Blog, February 22, 2011:
NEW ORLEANS-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER JERRY MORAN
... While on the island, I saw more dead horseshoe crabs (not to mention numerous fish) on the beach than I’ve seen anywhere before on my many trips to Horn Island as well as my travels along the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coast over the last 10 months. There were far too many dead crabs to count. ...
With the naked eye, it can be difficult to see the extent of the remnant oil – all of the tar balls and layers of buried oil – during daylight hours. However, a much different picture is seen at night with the assistance of UV lighting which lends a bright yellow color to all tar balls, oil and chemicals like Corexit (dispersant). As you can see in these images, it’s not just the larger tar balls that are still prevalent on the island (and the Gulf Coast in general), but the small granular pieces covering the surface are also visible as far as 4 feet below the surface. It was alarming to see this type of widespread contamination still apparent more than 9 months after the spill.
See the photos here.