Reporter scuba dives in oil-polluted waters

The underwater oil geyser is still leaking (or, more accurately: gushing) into the Gulf of Mexico.

Today, I want to show you a video from an Associated Press reporter that will give you a near first-hand view into what this oil looks like in the water, what its consistency is like, what this feels like and how it is affecting marine life.

The following is from Media Matters - an online nonprofit research and information center.

"In a story datelined, "UNDER THE MURKY DEPTHS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO," Matthews writes, "Some 40 miles out into the Gulf Of Mexico, I jump off the boat into the thickest patch of red oil I've ever seen. I open my eyes and realize my mask is already smeared. I can't see anything and we're just five seconds into the dive.

"Dropping beneath the surface the only thing I see is oil. To the left, right, up and down - it sits on top of the water in giant pools, and hangs suspended fifteen feet beneath the surface in softball sized blobs. There is nothing alive under the slick, although I see a dead jellyfish and handful of small bait fish."

Here's their video: