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Gooey oil blobs as big as basketballs have been washing up on the sandy beaches of South Padre Island in Texas, officials said Thursday.
The Texas General Land Office said it doesn't know what is causing the tar-like blobs, but authorities were working to clean up the popular tourist destination. Beaches have not been closed.
At least seven 55-gallon drums of oil have been removed since Wednesday morning
BAFFLED officials are hunting for the source of oil globules which has fouled several metropolitan beaches in Perth.
Authorities were last night unsure if the oil came from a passing ship or was a natural occurrence.
The oil appeared on beaches from Fremantle to Mullaloo in tar balls about 3mm in diameter. Even iconic Cottesloe Beach was affected.