Effects of Oil Spill: Tar balls Found at Key West;


Effects of Oil Spill: Tar balls Found at Key West;

Tar balls found off Key West on Monday are being tested by NOAA officials, to see whether they are derived from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 29 such balls were pulled up the Coast Guards at the beach and were sent for tests.

Also, a community meeting, discussing the rising concerns over what effects can the oil spill have on the Key, was held by locals. The residents are waiting for the decision to come up by the scientists.

The worst case scenario is prepared in miles away at Key West, where there can be fatal effects of the oil spills in the Gulf. This spill, till now has no solutions!

The tar balls found on the beach are black in color and about three to eight inches of pancakes. But this hasn’t revealed anything about their source. Over a two dozen have already been found washed ashore, since Monday.

Nobody is able to guess what may happen next. Feeding into the Gulf Stream is the warm loop current, which is now expected to adhere to the spill and pull it on to Florida's Atlantic coast. Others disagree to this, objecting that no consensus can be made on when or if the spill will make its way into South Florida beaches.

The tar balls, according to previous researches, have been found to endanger animals, mammals and sea animals. The Coast Guard has asked to report, if anyone finds more of them on the shoreline, for further investigation.

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