Though the latest NOAA oil spill trajectory says oil is at least 100 miles off the shore of Florida, but this video from the Huffington Post begs to differ. Filmed just 20 miles southeast of Pensacola, the National Wildlife Federation found fish struggling to survive. They even spotted a blacktip shark, which is classified as a near-threatened species.
The repercussions of the oil spill are looking worse, too. The Daily News reports that 21 years after the devastating Exxon-Valdez spill in Alaska, many species have yet to recover, and the herring population is still too depleted for commercial fishing. One local said, "I didn't spill the oil, and I'm going to end up losing fricking everything. Twenty years later, it's still a big mess. I just wanted to fish, like my father and grandfather did." Subsurface oil can still be found at the Port William Sound, and the Prince William Sound Science Center says animals like otters still dig through the oil every day. One fisherman had some tough words for those suffering in the Gulf. "Everything in their water that's good to eat is probably going to die. It's going to be tough for a long, long time."