- Posted June 2, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Track the oil disaster
Oil washing ashore in Florida Keys
- davidw, CNN iReport producer
Significant amounts of oil is floating ashore in the Florida Keys. These pictures were taken Wednesday June 2nd in the canals of Duck Key located about half way down the Florida Keys.
The amount of oil is significant enough to cause staining on boats, piers and docks. There is a sheen on the water and the smell of oil hangs in the air. Dozens of clumps of oil stained grass floated by in the twenty minutes the canals were observed by this iReporter.
Some residents thought the oil may be from the BP oil spill in the gulf. The Coast Guard is currently setting up booms around Hawks Cay resort to protect the beaches and Dolphins that call the resort home.
Coast Guard personnel on Duck Key are not ready to blame this oil on the BP leak yet. Samples have been collected and sent off for evaluation. It is not clear if the oil is from the spill or container ships that pass in the Florida Straights.