Oil From BP Spill Hits Louisiana Coast And Marshes (VIDEO)

Scroll down for video about the spill from New Orleans' Times-Picayune

NEW HARBOR ISLAND, La. - Oil is washing up on the shores of New Harbor Island off the coast of Louisiana.

An Associated Press reporter saw a pinkish oily substance washing up Thursday on the sands and into the marshland at this part of the Chandeleur barrier islands chain.

It was at least the second time the AP has confirmed oil coming ashore. Oil was seen washing up at the mouth of the Mississippi last week.

On New Harbor island, birds are diving into the oily waters, but they didn't seem to be in any distress. It's nesting time for sea gulls and pelicans and the danger is they may be taking contaminated food or oil on feathers to their young.

There are also numerous dead jellyfish, including some that have washed up on the beach.

The Wall Street Journal reports that oil has also washed ashore on Freemason Island:

In Louisiana, teams spent two days searching the area before locating oil sheen Thursday morning on a beach at Freemason Island in the south end of the Chandeleur chain, according to the Unified Command, the coalition of U.S. Coast Guard, BP, federal and state authorities working to stop the gusher.

The Journal also reports that oil could hit Alabama and Florida shores in the next two to three days.

The National Oceacanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting the path of the oil.

NOAA chief Jane Luchenco told the Associated Press Thursday that the administration is unable to predict the flow more than 72 hours in advance.

Times-Picayune Outdoors Editor Bob Marshall and photographer John McCusker talk about the BP oil spill and it's path to the Louisiana coust.

Click here for to see McCusker's photos from today.


Oil spill video: T-P reporter update