You’ve seen it from the air. Now you can see what the British Petroleum oil slick looks like from below the ocean surface. Good Morning America’s Sam Champion and Philippe Cousteau, grandson of famed sea researcher Jacques Cousteau, donned special diving suits, traveled 25 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico, then dove 25 feet into the murkiness
When you see the horrific underwater conditions, it will make you wonder how any form of sea life is able to survive. And there’s no end in sight. One conservative estimate is that over the past 36 days, some 6 million gallons have been sprayed into the Gulf of Mexico. With all efforts to cap the spurting oil having failed, these floating masses of oil are being driven deeper into the Gulf where they can be picked up by ocean currents.
Mike Tidwell, author of “Bayou Farewell” (a look at southern Louisiana’s long history of environmental issues), tells CNN that he’s never heard so much fear in people’s voices. "A hurricane is an event with a beginning, a middle and an end. This is more like a nuclear accident offshore and a radiation cloud is coming in. Nobody knows what the consequences will be. There's a sense of doom."
PS: Comic Andy Borowitz suggests stuffing the gushing oil well with BP executives.