On a conference call with reporters this afternoon, South Florida College of Marine Science Dean William Hogarth confirmed that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has now entered the Loop Current. He said he knows this to be the case based on looking at satellite images, wind currents and modeling projections.
But his colleague, Dr. Ernst Peebles, said he could not say at all when the oil would leave the Current, because among other things, he did not know the concentration or depth of the oil.
And Dean Hogarth crucially added, "Indications are we don't see in the near future any possibilities of oil being on the beaches of Florida." He did say (as other officials have been saying) that tar balls will wash up along the shores of the beaches.