University of Miami professor Nick Shay had seen footage of the Gulf of Mexico oil slick. But it wasn't until he flew over it on a research mission that he grasped the true scale of the catastrophe.
"I was stunned when we circled ground zero," Shay said from aboard a hurricane hunter aircraft operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "It's a lot worse than I had envisioned just looking at what the footage has been on TV."
"Personally, it seems a shame to see the vast destruction that's going to occur because of it," Commander Mark Nelson said. "It was really sad to see what we've done to the environment with this." ...
"That's a major concern," he said. "If we get a hurricane moving through, it could upwell that oil."