No answers yet for offshore mass, St. Augustine Record, September 16, 2010:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said a sample of ocean water taken near the site of a miles-long discoloration off St. Johns County beaches didn't turn up an explanation for the mass.
"The sample we received today, which was taken from the area of the initial photo did not contain any organisms that could be responsible for the discolored water," spokeswoman Carli Segelson said Monday.
Mystery substance, St. Augustine Record, September 13, 2010:
A small white vessel looks tiny as it crosses part of a huge dark mass... Witnesses said they couldn't tell if it was algae or oil. ... U.S. Coast Guard and state Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission officials did not return phone calls.
Material off coast raises eyebrows, Questions raised about what it is, St. Augustine Record, September 14, 2010:
What's that gooey stuff floating just off the coast of St. Johns County beaches? No one seems to know what it is, including environmental officials...
[The] 400-yard-wide and miles-long blanket of red... appeared off the coast... over the weekend. ...
[Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation] Commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson said..."...it could have been transported" by ocean currents, Segelson said.
Other reports near Jacksonville: USF Dean says oil “within a few miles of the Jacksonville and Cuba coastlines”; “Oil continues to be a part of the loop current”