Anyone who sees a tar ball is asked to call the Coast Guard at 1-800-424-8802. Oiled shorelines can be reported to 1-866-448-5816.

Coast Guard officials have found nearly two dozen tar balls on Key West shores but have not determined if they came from the Gulf of Mexico’s massive oil disaster.If so, it could indicate oil has been in the gulf’s powerful loop current for several days and could hurt Florida’s coral reefs and wildlife in the Keys and up the Atlantic coast. Scientists are worried the Gulf oil plume may be carried by currents to Florida and even the East Coast of the U.S.

Pollution investigators confirmed they are investigating twenty tar balls found on the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West. Some 5 million gallons of crude has spewed into the Gulf and tar balls have been washing ashore in several states along the coast, but Coast Guard officials have stopped short of saying whether they came from a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 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.

Anyone who sees a tar ball is asked to call the Coast Guard at 1-800-424-8802. Oiled shorelines can be reported to 1-866-448-5816.

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Anyone who sees a tar ball is asked to call the Coast Guard at 1-800-424-8802. Oiled shorelines can be reported to 1-866-448-5816.