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
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)
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(Newser) – 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.