Gulf oil spill | Dauphin Island, Alabama

  • Monty Graham, Senior Marine Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, holds a piece of lava-looking oily asphalt that he found floating in the ocean 38 miles south of Mobile, Alabama. He believes that it came from the explosion that caused the oil spill. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Monty Graham, Senior Marine Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, thinks that this piece of oil lava came from the explosion that caused the oil spill in the gulf. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Monty Graham, Senior Marine Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, holds a piece of lava-looking oily asphalt that he found floating in the ocean 38 miles south of Mobile, Alabama. He believes that it came from the explosion that caused the oil spill. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kaylen George, 3, (standing) and Jackson Geno, 3, play in on the beach in Dauphin Island, Alabama, on Monday afternoon. Behind them, in the water, sits a snare boom, which is what cleanup crews have placed in the water to collect tarballs from the oil spill. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kaylen George, 3, (standing) and Jackson Geno, 3, play in on the beach in Dauphin Island, Alabama, on Monday afternoon. Behind them, in the water, sits a snare boom, which is what cleanup crews have placed in the water to collect tarballs from the oil spill. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jackson Geno, 3, plays on the beach in Dauphin Island, Alabama, on Monday afternoon. Behind him, in the water, and washed up on shore, sits a snare boom, which is what cleanup crews have placed in the water to collect tarballs from the oil spill. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Clean up workers are using snare boom to catch tar balls that wash up on the beach from the oil spill in the Gulf. Here, Ramiro Garcia, 23, stands on the beach in Dauphin Island, Alabama, on Monday afternoon by some of the snare boom material that has washed on shore. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF