The front page of Pensacola's newspaper on Saturday proudly proclaimed the beaches of Perdido Key had been declared safe because there was no oil slick within 100 yards of shore. But 20 miles southeast of the Florida city, a National Wildlife Federation-chartered boat found the oil slick devastating wildlife.
After entering the slick, within a couple of miles we came across a line of oil-soaked seaweed. Just as we had seen off Louisiana, marine life was mistaking the oily debris for habitat.
But the shark was far from the slick's only victim. We saw dozens of small fish & several crabs struggling to survive:
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