Tar Balls Sighted in Hermosa and Malibu Surfrider Beach Areas

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A file photo of tar balls washing up on a beach in Southern California. (Credit: KTLA)

Tar ball sightings were being reported Thursday in the Hermosa Beach and Malibu Surfrider Beach areas, according to L.A. County officials.

“These tar balls are an annual natural occurrence that we experience in Los Angeles County as the water temperature rise during spring and summer months”, according to Capt. Kenichi Haskett with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, LIfeguard Division.

“For tar balls located approximately one mile offshore of King Harbor, scientists have confirmed that these substances are coming from a natural seepage from the Pacific Ocean floor,” Haskett said.

Beachgoers were urged not to make physical contact with the substance and to notify the nearest lifeguard tower.

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