Long ribbons of orange-brown oil spotted 4 miles off Tampa Bay coast; Smelled like oil, felt like oil, couldn’t get it off hands (Photos)


4 miles from Tampa Bay (Bay News 9)

Traces of oil off Pinellas beaches? Samples taken, Bay News 9 Tampa Bay, June 14, 2010:

Two men spotted what they think could be oil from the BP disaster off a Pinellas County beach while returning home from a fishing trip Sunday morning... four to five miles off Pass-a-Grille beach when they spotted what they believed was an oil sheen on the water. ...

"We saw this ribbon of orange brown material," Mokotoff said. "Steve initially thought it might be discharge from somebody's boat, but then when we got closer it was so long, even though it wasn't wide we thought about the oil spill and decided to take a closer look at it."...

"It smelled like oil... and, unfortunately, it felt like oil," Weiss said. "We touched it; you couldn't get it off your hands."

Video here: http://www.baynews9.com/VideoPlayer/?Men_Find_Sheen_In_Gulf_613

Here are excerpts from the news report that were not included in the online article:

But these fisherman aren't as confident [as the Coast Guard].

"I've been fishing here probably 23 years since I've been living here. This was different, I mean it smelled like oil," Weiss added. ...

NOAA scientist reported an oil plume off the Southwest Florida coast, here is an excerpt of our June 14 report Breaking: NOAA scientists say Oil plume located off Florida's southwest coast and heading toward the Tortugas in the Florida Keys:

As we approached, we found an extensive oil slick that stretched about 20 nm (20 miles) along the southward flowing jet which merged with the northern front of the Loop Current.

The combination of models and satellite images, along with our shipboard observations and ROFFS daily analysis had helped us to identify and study this previously unidentified oil plume located off Florida's southwest coast and heading toward the Tortugas.

The exact location of the oil plume stretching 20 nautical miles was not disclosed.

On June 8, NOAA forecast the BP oil spill's boundary would be 35 miles from Tampa Bay:

Here are stills from cell phone video of the oil ribbons 4 miles from Tampa Bay on Sunday, June 13:

Oil ribbon 4 miles from Tampa Bay (Bay News 9)

Oil ribbon 4 miles from Tampa Bay (Bay News 9)

Photos from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida of a 1/2-mile slick spotted by a yacht captain who had never seen anything like it in years on the water:

Ft. Lauderdale (Broward New Times)

Photos from the Florida Keys of part of a 10-mile long patch of oil streamers:

Near Marathon, Florida Keys (Chris Kauffman)

Near Marathon, Florida Keys (Chris Kauffman)

Florida is surrounded by oil ribbons and streamers. None of the eyewitness had seen anything like this before. They were experienced in observing local water conditions.

Any link to the BP blowout has been denied in all Florida oil sightings outside of the panhandle.

Below are photos of oil ribbons off the Pensacola, Florida coast where BP's oil is up to an ankle deep in some locations. Does the 'material' on the water look familiar?

Pensacola Pass

Pensacola Pass, FL

Pensacola Pass, FL

Pensacola Pass, FL

From Gulf Shores, Alabama:

Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Update: A youtube video has been posted by a Tampa Bay residents showing what is said to be abnormally brown water washing ashore.

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