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'The Gulf appears to be bleeding' (video)

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Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen of Alabama and volunteer pilot Tom Hutchings of SouthWings flew over the Gulf of Mexico on Friday to get a look at the massive oil slick spreading from the site of the BP disaster.

At nine miles out, they began to smell the oil. At 11 miles, they saw a visible sheen on the water. And at mile 87 off the Alabama coast, they reached ground zero of the disaster -- what Wathen described as a "red mass of floating goo" as far as the eye can see.

"The Gulf appears to be bleeding," he said.

"For the first time in my environmental career, I find myself using the word 'hopeless,'" Wathen continued. "We can't stop this. There's no way to prevent this from hitting our shorelines."

Wathen and Hutchings had no trouble finding their way back to land: "All we had to do was follow the red," Wathens said. "There was a perfect line of it leading from the rig to the shoreline."

Here's the video from that trip, which is also posted to Wathen's blog dedicated to documenting the disaster:

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re: 'The Gulf appears to be bleeding' (video)

They are using boons to protect the islands and not to restict the oil slick.

re: 'The Gulf appears to be bleeding' (video)

is the red due to the chemicals being used or is this natural

re: 'The Gulf appears to be bleeding' (video)

NO TONYA,IT'S A CONBINATION OF ALL OF THAT ALONG WITH THE BS.THESE PEOPLE HAS KILLED OUR WATERS AND OUR SHORES OUR WILDLIFE AND WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY HAVE CREATED BESIDES THE DISASTER.THE ANIMALS,WELL WHO KNOWS WHAT THESE PEOPLE HAS CREATED,A FRANKENSTEIN SORT TO SPEAK.THE POLITRIXTERS CONTINUE TO AMP THE PEOPLE TO WANT TO DRILL BECAUSE IT HURTS THE ECONOMY IF THEY DON'T BUT LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING AS THEY CONTINUE TO DO SO WITH THE LACK OF SAFETY AND INSPECTIONS.POLITICIANS ARE SO DEEP IN BED WITH BIG BUSINESS,LIKE JENDAL AND BARBOUR TIL IT AINT FUNNY.IT DOES SEEM LIKE THE GULF IS CRYING AND SO SHOULD WE FOR WE HAVE ALLOWED THESE FOREIGNERS AND GREED TO DESTROY WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN AND HE WILL TAKE IT AWAY,NEVER TO HAVE AGAIN.WE ARE SUCH DISPICABLE CREATIONS,US HUMANS AND WE WILL NEVER LEARN.