May Day Tar Patties SGI Size and Consistency 5, Apalachicola Riverkeeper OSPREY Program, 05/01/11:
Low tide: Wind SSE 15' : Surf 1-3'
Several Osprey Program volunteers respond to reports of massive tar balls/tar patties seen on the beach of St.George Island, Fl.
Tar patties littered the shoreline for several miles on the Eastern end of St.George Island.
Size ranged from 1 cm to 7cm and less than a half inch thick.
Large amounts of tar found in the sargasso weed line and on the sandy shoreline.
Consistency of chewing gum,gooey texture with a distinct petroleum smell.
Three Opsrey volunteers searched an area less than 500 yards and filled two quart size jars within an hour.
An off-duty Park Ranger stated reports started early that morning and had been reported to Unified Command.
Expected SCAT Team by morning.
Hard 30' winds previous night.
Opsrey volunteers will follow-up in the morning.
Collected material for chemical fingerprinting analysis.
h/t Robin Bailey
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