I was perusing through some of the Photos on Florida Oil Spill, a site I check several times a day, when I came across some photos of photos of oil streamers just past Marathon Key. I did a double take.
These are the streamers that I had described to the pilot of my Miami-Managua flight on May 26th (almost four weeks ago). I wasn't sure if it was oil or channels. The pilot suggested they were "probably channels," but having spoken to ten pilots over the past month, I know that they are not paying too much attention when flying over the spill. It's simply too depressing. I, on the other hand, keep my eyes peeled for quirky things to photograph. My camera is rarely more than two feet away.
The problem is that when I first saw these streamers, they were SOUTH of Cuba. That's why I readily believed they were channels although in hindsight, they didn't look like channels). I saw these streamers again, between the Cayman Island sand Cuba. The last time i had photographed (and deleted) them, they were near the Cuban coastline. The second time (this current batch), I saw them a little further south. These photos were taken on June 18th. You can see more photos of the oil slick north of the Florida Keys here.
Click on photos for higher resolution images.
I should have posted these earlier, but since they didn't look like some of the other photos and because I didn't think the loop current ran south of Cuba, I chalked it up to a figament of my imagination - at least the oil part.
If these are oil streamers, then the Caribbean really has to worry. I hope I am wrong about these particular streamers. If any pilots, frequent flyers, biologists, oil specialists, etc., have more information as to what these photos might be, I certainly appreciate it. I don't want to spread false rumors based upon my interpretations of these images. However, since the government continues to LIE, LIE, LIe, I am assuming the worst.