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As the Gulf of Mexico continues to be battered by the effects of the largest oil spill in US history, one conservationist with a famous family name is warning that the permanent effects could last a lifetime.
Philippe Cousteau Jr, the grandson of famous explorer, Jacques Cousteau, recently scuba dived into an area of the Gulf that was affected by the spill and said it was an "absolute nightmare".
Cousteau also said that a chemical dispersant being used to absorb the oil wasn't effective.
"We were about 15 to 20 feet down and it was dispersed into smaller and smaller particles throughout the water column in these billowing clouds that were just circling us, encompassing us in this toxic soup," Cousteau told CNN.
"It was very, very alarming."
Cousteau also wrote on his blog that his grandfather, Jacques would have been "horrified" by the spill.
"I know that my father and grandfather would have been doing this if they were alive and that they would have been just as horrified by what they saw as I was."