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    Posted July 2, 2010 by
    geoffliving
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Track the oil disaster

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    The Pensacola Oil Blues

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     'I think my mouth dropped down to my chest,' geoffliving said as he described finding the tar ball that was bigger than his foot. 'It was unbelievable. I just couldn’t believe it. It was definitely a rubbernecking moment.' geoffliving traveled to the Gulf to document the oil disaster. 'We need to pull together now. These consequences from this disaster will be far-reaching,' he said.
    - ccostello3, CNN iReport producer

    We finished a five day trip to the Gulf fact finding about the oil spill with a trip to Pensacola Beach.  From oil booms and and white caps to a fleeing cow ray and the inevitable oiled beaches, it was a stark morning. One oil "tar ball" was bigger than my size 11 1/2 foot.

     

    We were devastated seeing the incredible impact of oil on the marine environment and the local community. Perhaps the most desperate of all the photos for me was the cow ray.  According to one local and an EPA official who asked to remain anonymous, the cow rays and other marine animals are migrating en masse towards the Atlantic to avoid poisoning from the oil toxified waters.

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