Tar balls being swept onto area beaches

Tar is being swept onto area beaches
Posted at 5:56 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 18:56:57-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Tar balls have once again shown up on some of our area beaches.

The tar started washing ashore this weekend.

This was the scene on Padre Island around the Bob Hall Pier area.

However, these tar balls aren’t uncommon for this time of year.

Crews with the Texas General Land Office were on site today for a closer look.

They're typically created by a natural seepage from oil deposits in the sea bed.

So far, the GLO hasn't had any reports of them causing trouble to sealife.

They can, however, be quite messy.

“The problem with the tar is once it gets on stuff, it’s really difficult to remove,” Island resident Debra Fricker said. “From the bottom of your shoes, from anything you get it on.”

Experts say, the easiest way to get the tar off, is to use baby oil and rub it off.

They say to then use soap and water to wash the area.

The tar balls have also been spotted in the Port Aransas area.