Shane Rance Total Area: 18,502.05 mi2
I approached the problem by splitting the oil spill into 15 different shapes, and then by finding the area of all the shapes. At the end I added them up together and got the total of 18,502.05.
1. I do not feel like it was exact but I feel that I have gotten in a good enough range of the actual total.
2. I expect my total to be less than the actual total due to the fact the shapes I made may have been off a bit. I feel that the shapes I made definitely gave me the area that is needed for completion.