Louisiana in Photos Week 13, Gulf Oil Spill
The night crew takes a break from digging holes to locate the submerged layers of oil under the sand and determine the extent of the mass of oil.
The holes quickly fill with oil and water.
In spots the oil is very thick. These layers are between 10 and 18 inches deep, and exist because BP didn't focus enough man power on cleaning the oil when it washed in, and let the tides cover it up.
State Park Employee Leanne Sarco rescues Hermit Crabs from the contaminated water on BP's forgotten beach on Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Holt Webb from Vanishing America probes below the sand for submerged oil.
Jackpot! Nasty black crude just under the surface. A Willet and a Semi-palmated Plover were foraging around this pool just before this was taken.
This stuff is very thick, and nasty. A BP shovel didn't touch this beach for over two months while this oil sat there.
A Willet on the front beach in the scummy water.
A young white phase Reddish Egret on the front beach in Grand Isle. Good to know someone fledged successfully into the toxic Gulf.
Sunset over Barataria Bay.