Black Sludge Washes Up in Destin, WEAR ABC 3, September 6, 2010:
Robert Herrin, beach vendor: "You could see nothing but pitch black water. The waves were almost just sludge like, just rolling in sludge it was so thick. And it was matting on the shoreline. I would say at least this thick in some places." [Hands apart almost a foot]. ... "Sunglasses, aluminum cans, also marine life was caught inside there and had died cause they couldn't escape."..."We all definitely think that it's oil spill related, there's nothing like this that has ever happened."
WEAR: It washed in Friday behind the Sterling Sands Condominiums in Destin, a smelly black mat, hundreds of yards long and full of debris. ... BP... say[s] what washed up on the beach was something called black algae, no oil involved. To many here, that answer is a tough sell. ... Shave ice vendor Lisa Hagen thinks either oil or dispersants somehow created the strange mass... "So you're not convinced that it was just black algae?"
Lisa Hagen, beach vendor: "I've never heard of black algae. I don't even know what black algae is. If there is black algae out there, I've never seen it in Destin or Fort Walton Beach in forty years. I would like a researcher to come in, an independent researcher and give me some answers, or give the town some answers."
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