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Oil Spill: Tar balls reported on Key West shores

6:04 AM, May 18, 2010   |    comments
  • About 20 tar balls have washed ashore in Key West, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday night.
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Key West, Florida -- About 20 tar balls have washed ashore in Key West, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday night.

They ranged in size from about three inches to about 8 inches.

They were found on beaches of the Fort Zachary Taylor and the adjacent Navy beach at Truman Annex.

The Coast Guard said they were recovered at a rate of about three tar balls an hour throughout the day. The heaviest concentration was found at high tide, shortly after noon.

Samples were collected and will be shipped to a lab for analysis to determine their exact source, the Coast Guard said.

"The Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries (NOAA-FKNMS) will conduct shoreline surveys beginning Tuesday morning," the coast guard said in a statement.

"Additionally, an aerial search utilizing a Coast Guard Helicopter with a trained pollution investigator on board will also be conducted Tuesday morning."

U.S. Coast Guard

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