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  • Champion: Oil Spill

    Sam Champion puts on the special mask that is part of his hazmat dry suit to protect himself from the oil he is about to plunge into in the Gulf of Mexico.
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  • Champion: Oil Spill

    Philippe Cousteau, grandson of famed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, joined Sam for the dive.
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  • Champion: Oil Spill

    Sam and Cousteau prepare to dive into the oil slick below the boat in the Gulf of Mexico.
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  • Champion: Oil Spill

    Cousteau took this photo of the oil slick from the side of the boat before diving.
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  • Champion: Oil Spill

    The dry hazmat suit is meant to protect the divers from any dangerous chemicals that could be floating in the oily water.
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  • Champion: Oil Spill

    Sam passes samples he collected of the oil up to his team on the boat.
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  • Champion: Oil Spill

    Sam and Cousteau return to the boat after their dive into the Gulf of Mexico to show the oil that lingers below the surface.
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  • Champion: Oil Spill

    After the dive, Sam's Hazmat suit has to be washed off with a degreaser.
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