Since the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, millions of gallons of crude have gushed into the Gulf. Some of that oil has gotten caught up in a powerful loop current that propels the oil toward Florida.
Photograph by Michael Spooneybarger, AP
Kevin Reed weeps as he looks over the oil-coated shores of Pensacola Beach, Florida, on Wednesday.
"This will never be the same," he told the Associated Press.
The popular beach became an attraction for another reason on Wednesday as many came out to see the oil, the news agency reported.
Photograph by Edmund D. Fountain, St. Petersburg Times/AP
A crab covered in oil lies dead on Pensacola Beach on Wednesday.
Birds and sea turtles have been particularly hard hit by the Gulf oil spill. As of June 23, more than 1,000 dead birds and 400 sea turtle corpses have been collected by wildlife rescuers, according to the International Bird Rescue Research Center.