Here's an interesting video post from someone in Pensacola. Evidently, authorities put up red alert signs warning people not to swim in the Gulf, but then without explanation they removed them. But this video shows that the water is polluted. Check out how quickly the aquarium filter changes from bright white to black.
from the PNJ: The risk is left to the swimmer.
"I only went into the water up to my ankles. That's as far as I wanted to go," said Joe Chambers, 28, of West Pensacola as he scrubbed off oily residue from himself and his son, Ethan, 4, in the public showers at Casino Beach. "It doesn't smell like the beach. It smells like a gas station. There are no fish in the water. There's nothing alive in the water. I don't know how public officials can just look at the water and make a call to reopen it for swimming."
Carol Doster of Grand Isle, Miss., said her son Dallas, 12, was frightened by the oil that streaked his legs and arms after a five-minute swim in the Gulf on Friday. "It won't rub off," Doster said.