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South Padre Island

tar balls

Is anybody aware of any tar balls on the beaches of SPI? I hear the tar balls found near Galveston are being attributed to the BP fiasco in the gulf.



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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Germantown

Tar balls in South Padre Island are not a new phenomenon by any means. I cannot opine on the most curent ones being seen.

We visited both South Padre Islan, North Padre Island and Galveston, back in 1984 when I saw them on S P Island ONLY.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Richardson

SPI is some 400 miles southwest of Houston, and the currents generally are running to the east. There weren't any tar balls in Galveston either, until a storm forced some of the oil to the west.

As noted, tar balls are a fact of life at any time all along the Texas coast, although seldom anything to worry about. I think SPI is still cleaning up from hurricane Alex, which dumped loads of seaweed on the beaches...

Bill





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