TAR "Ball" 101

Discussion of Gulf Oil Spill regarding Navarre Beach, Florida; the good, bad and ugly reports; however most of the reports of oil on Navarre Beach are good!
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:09 pm

May we clear some things up, once and for all.

#1 There is oil and tar in the Gulf of Mexico!!!!! There is even some naturally occuring stuff! In fact, there will be for a considerable amount of time, perhaps decades, even if that well stopped today.

#2 There is NO OIL on the beaches of Navarre Beach.

#3 The TAR "BALL's" are in fact, not balls at all....they are more like, "patties." They range in size from a small fingernail or even smaller to softball and maybe even larger (out there somewhere)

#4 Navarre Beach, like most of the Northern Gulf, has tar patties at given times.

#5 The very next tide or next day, those tar patties have either disappeared or decreased greatly or blended into the surrounds to where you don't notice them.

#6 There is vastly, more area WITHOUT tar patties, than have tar patties.

#7 They sink and do not bother you when in the water. Nor do they stick to you when you are in the water. You are free to, in your desired area, scoop them and remove them.

#8 Your vacation to Navarre Beach should NOT depend or be based on, tar patties any more so, than jellyfish being present. Again, they will be with us now for an extended amount of time.

#9 There is no odor.

#10. NAVARRE BEACH IS OPEN, BEAUTIFUL, FISHABLE, SWIMABLE, EDIBLE, RELAXABLE, MUSICAL, WHIMSICAL AND.........MEMORABLE!!
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:34 pm

Thanks Dave for your reports. We have 2 weeks to go and still hanging in there. I can live with tarballs, but not any strong oil and odor from beach. Love Navarre, and hoping for the best the week of 7/17th.
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:58 pm

Beachkin,

Not sure who Dave is? I guess #'s 2 & 9 pertain to you!
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:51 pm

Not all of this is correct but we can stick with it...
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Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:41 pm

Ok, Beachgirl...what could possibly be incorrect, since you brought it up?
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Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:01 am

you're up late, pkid! :D

arrived here after taking an hour+ longer due to traffic. been having some margaritas and enjoying the sound of the surf from my balcony. 8)

later!
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Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:15 am

Well....had to post on the plastic bags and then got into it! Yes.....very late for the kid!
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Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:19 am

have a good evening! :)
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Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:21 am

Sorry pensacolakid... :roll: not sure where I got Dave from!
Maybe I should have had some of those margaritas!
I do appreciate all of the posts updates..so thank you all.
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Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:29 am

Beachkin,

As they say in Stralia.....and what we need to adopt...."no worries mate!"
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Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:50 pm

The tarballs won't bother you if you don't bother them. In most cases, even if you step on them they won't give you "tarheels". Today has been beautiful at Navarre Beach - a near perfect beach day with gorgeous surf, a cooling breeze and clear water as far as the eye can see.
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Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:26 pm

Aged tar balls are round like balls caused by thier rolling around on the sea's floor while picking up other eliments. That is why they are called "balls". These are what we have seen for years that come from, maybe spills, but from natural oil seepage from the sea's floor as well. They are normally the size of a pea with some the size of a quarter. They may have a slight smell when soft but not the smell of fresh crude that can be dangerous.

They are crusty on the outside, somtimes very hard according to how much sand, etc, they have picked up and how aged they are. Exposure to warmer water and especially the hot beach sun will make them softer and more sticky (like the asphalt we got on our feet as kids) according to how crusty they are before exposed to heat.

Recently, small globs of oil in various states of weathering and sizes have become commonly called tar balls, mainly because of the media's inablity to take the time to explain.

Go to the below site for a more complete explanation. Scroll all the way for definitions of other oil terms and dangers. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhor ... l_info.pdf
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