May 26, 2010 6:18 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Scientists looking for tuna larvae say
they saw globs of reddish oil up to six inches across at an edge of
the loop current, in an oily sheen that appeared to stretch for
The fast, warm current could carry the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
to the Florida's Keys and Atlantic Coast.
Researcher Jim Franks, of the University of Southern
Mississippi, reported seeing flecks and globs of oil on Tuesday.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported,
the same day, that most oil in the current was being pulled into an
eddy north of the loop current.
Both reports were posted on websites Wednesday.
Franks said the oily area was in a western area of the current,
but did not give a precise location. An earlier report said the
cruise's first encounter with oil from the spill was on Sunday.