Satellite Source: Landsat 7
Mode: Multispectral
Resolution: 30 meter
Image Date & Time: 05-23-2018 1626 UTC

Confidence: High
Issue Date: 05-23-2018

Region: Gulf of Mexico
Location: 2856'16" N, 8858'14" W
Coverage Area: 236.00 km^2

Remarks:
Possible oil was observed in satellite imagery. This anomaly is unconfirmed 
as oil. The anomaly believed to be an oil slick appeared to be connected 
to the destroyed Taylor platform site. The slick stretched approximately 
26 nm in an East-West direction and was about 5 nm at its widest point.
 Areas believed to be relatively thicker oil were identified by their 
silvery/white color due to the presence of sunglint over the area. Areas 
of thinner oil appeared black. The slick definitely appeared out of place 
and was oriented in accordance with easterly winds at 10-15 kt.

Uncertainties:
Due to the slick's complicated areal extent, the presence of clouds, and 
interior gaps, we were uncertain of the slick's true area. The calculated 
area is only a rough approximation.


Analyst: Velasco


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