Since the first traces of oil are just now showing up in the Florida Straits, how do you explain its magical appearance here - large seagulls airlifting it? Teleportation?
Every single day, tens of thousands of gallons of oil enter coastal waters.
Boats sink. Unscrupulous people dump barrels of contaminated oil into the ocean. Careless marine mechanics use too much grease that drops into bilges and get pumped into the ocean.
Talk to anyone who swam at the East Coast beaches in the Forties and Fifties and they'll tell you how tarballs were as common as seashells because of tankers seeping oil after being sunk by the Germans in the early Forties.
Tarballs on beaches are far better than floating oil entering marshes. Tarballs are the result of nature's oil absorbers. And no, these could not have come from the current BP leak in the gulf. How fast do you think that current flows?
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