MAJOR MESS: Workers used buckets to scoop up globs of crude oil blackening the waters of a tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea, three days after oil leaked from a nearby pipeline.

SPOTTED TOO LATE: About 50,000 liters (13,200 gallons) of oil — about the amount contained in one and a half tanker trucks — spilled into the Gulf of Thailand as crude was being transferred from a tanker offshore.

NOT ON THE TOUR: The slick washed ashore on Samet Island, a small resort island that each year draws some 1 million tourists.