Mostly we could see oil at low tide and in the sand (which I had tested, at 28 ppm). The beaches have become
"squishy" in a jello-like manner, due to oil, etc. filtering into the sand, also leaving trails which are uncharacteristic of the beach bottom. We saw many dead fish, crabs, and other sea life, including ghost crabs which were so disoriented they could not defend themselves. Small seams
of oil can be found digging in the sand. When there is a fish or other wildlife kill, these are officially denied as being related to the oil spill, just as the tar balls were. Having read quite a lot on the effects of exposure to chemicals, including VOC's and Corexit, the following ensued: "On July 23, after a couple of weeks of increased congestion, I woke up and could hardly breathe. I have a very mild asthma condition and I am over 60, but I have never had anything even close to this. Since I had no signs of viral or bacterial infection, my doctor thought it was allergies. I was coughing up tons of white mucus. I only have a dust allergy, so it has to be something outside.