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Environmental group collects tar balls in effort to identify source
Environmental group collects tar balls in effort to identify source

Ariadne Reynolds and Brian Stirling peered through binoculars, scanning Manhattan Beach for signs of oil or tar balls from aboard a 21-foot, open-deck motorboat. Other than sometimes catching a whiff of oil, they had yet to find anything. Until — "Black! In the water!" shouted Stirling, an intern with the Bay Foundation, pointing to a dark lump bobbing in the ocean. Reynolds, a staffer, pulled on latex gloves and opened a small glass jar to collect the sample. She leaned over the edge of the boat and scooped up the hamburger slider-sized tar patty, then brought it to eye level and shook it gently. It was a few inches long and a quarter of an inch thick, shedding little...

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