Uh, there have been six so far, each about the size of a golf ball.
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — A Coast Guard official says tar balls that are believed to be from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are washing up on Dauphin Island.
Coast Guard chief warrant officer Adam Wine said about a half-dozen tar balls had been collected by this afternoon on the island. He said the substance needs to be tested, but officials think it came from the oil spill.
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[caption id="attachment_1464" align="aligncenter" width="499" caption="DAUPHIN ISLAND - Representatives of the Federal government, the state of Alabama, and BP survey the beaches of Dauphin Island to identify any tar balls that may have washed ashore. Tar balls have been sighted on Alabama's beaches and may be a result of the oil leaked when the Deepwater Horizon, an ultra-deepwater oil rig, sank April 22, causing a massive oil spill near the U.S. Gulf Coast."][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1465" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Members of the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique team walk past some of the local wildlife as they conduct assessments and surveys along the beach at Dauphin Island to search for any oil washing ashore, May 9, 2010 from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "][/caption]