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Crude Oil ‘Tar Balls’ Mar Achill Beach

10th March 2017
Tar balls like this one have been found by walkers on Keel Beach since Wednesday Tar balls like this one have been found by walkers on Keel Beach since Wednesday Photo: James St John/Flickr

#CoastalNotes - Achill Island has been blemished by ‘tar balls’ that washed up on its Blue-Flagged Keel Beach during the week, as The Irish Times reports.

Appearing as black stones from a distance, the blobs of crude oil are soft and extremely sticky to the touch.

But despite being the result of oil leaks at sea, such tar balls are considered relatively harmless, according to the Irish Coast Guard.

The news comes less than a month after Fingal County Council warned of palm oil ‘fatbergs’ washed up on a Skerries beach.

Similar fatty deposits were found on beaches in Mayo last November.

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