Oil and Gas Rigs Off of Dauphin Island
Driving and walking around Dauphin Island they are immediately apparent particularly on the eastern side of the island. Drilling of oil and gas in Mobile Bay and near Dauphin Island began in 1951. Gulf Oil Company was unsuccessful in finding hyrdocarbon resources with two wells. The next wells were not drilled until 1978. These wells. which were successful, led to wide spread development of additional wells. At its peak in the last decade over 80 wells were under development off of the Alabama coast. Some of these wells go as deep as 25,000 feet. The presence of the rigs right off the Dauphin Island coast are both a curiosity to view with binoculars as well as an indication of how potentially perilous it could be if another oil spill occurred.
Best viewing of the rigs is from the water looking east and northeast near the Sea Lab.
The Dauphin Island Shell Mounds
The Dauphin Island, Alabama Shell Mound Park is a prehistoric Native American monument of oyster shells, centuries-old live oaks and mystery. During the spring and fall migrations, thousands of birds call Dauphin Island home, many species setting down in the Shell Mound Park for easy observation. Legends say that after dark, ghosts walk in the moonlight along the winding paths beneath a thick canopy of Spanish moss. Creepy!
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