Once oil becomes caught in the Gulf of Mexico’s fast moving Loop Current, it could be carried thousands of miles, around Florida, up the Atlantic coast of the US, and then out into the open ocean.
An animation by the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) suggests that concentrations of oil in the water south of Florida will start to become detectable around 70 to 90 days after a leak starts. The Deepwater Horizon rig sank on the 22nd April.
Animated map at the link.
Mudflats has more wild well pictures, even while reminding us that BP is going all out to prevent news coverage. Buccaneer Petroleum knows that out of sight is out of mind with much of the American public.