Historic Aerial Footage Reveals the Scope of the BP Gulf Oil Disaster (VIDEO)

On June 21, 2010, Photographer John L. Wathen of Hurricane Creek Keepers went on an extended flight over the Gulf with South Wings pilot, Tom Hutchins and author, David Helbar, to give us the clearest view yet of the BP Gulf Oil Disaster.

The video is heartbreaking but vital for the understanding of the scope and enormity of the disaster.  It shows the sea and the operations underway at the site of the blown well and compares the mitigation efforts to the true size of the disaster and its impact on wildlife:

John Wathen: "This was the most emotionally disturbing video I have ever done. A flight over the BP Slick Source where I saw at least 100 Dolphins in the oil, some dying. I also photographed a Sperm Whale covered in oil all around it's blow hole."
Mr. Wathen asks that concerned parties visit two Gulf funds listed on the video, The Gulf Coast Fund (where impacted residents can apply for a grant) and Save our Gulf. There are also several wildlife organizations active in the rescue effort including the Tri-State Bird Rescue, the World Wildlife Fund, and The Nature Conservancy

A live video feed of twelve cameras on the Gulf floor is at this link (may be slow to load).

A remarkable video explaining why the sharks are congregating at the shore (oxygen depletion in the Gulf) and its impact on the wildlife there is at this link.

More Gulf Oil Disaster articles are at this link.

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