On May 9, 2010, the oil spill had yet to reach the coast. The Gulf Coast mappers took a boat to the Chandeleur Islands, about 50 miles south of the Louisiana shore.
"I could see the oil coming in through the breaks in the barrier islands," said volunteer Stewart Long. "You could see the dispersants in the water. It smelled bad, it looked kind of like pond scum, or pollen. It was everywhere."
(Photo: one of the Chandeleur Islands on June 9, 2010)