Tar Balls Found Off Key West

But the Coast Guard isn't sure they're from the spill
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2010 7:29 AM CDT
Tar Balls Found Off Key West
A Thursday, May 14, 2010 photo provided by the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries shows tar balls on Fourchon Beach.   (AP Photo/Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries)

Twenty tar balls have been found off Key West, though the Coast Guard stopped short of saying whether they came from the massive Gulf oil spill. The balls, which were 3-to-8 inches in diameter, were discovered yesterday by the Florida Park Service and have been sent to a lab for analysis. Tar balls have been washing ashore in several states along the coast; scientists are worried that oil is getting caught in a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast. (Read more tar balls stories.)

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