Gulf Oil Spill
1:47 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

BP Tar Balls Hit Florida

New Orleans, La. – NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says officials are double-checking reports from scientists aboard a government-funded research vessel. Experts say they found a 10-mile tentacle of oil under the surface. Meantime, globs of oil traced to the BP well are washing up in Florida.

"I think it is safe to say that the tar balls washing ashore in the Florida Keys are an example of what might happen should oil becomes entrained in the loop current."

The loop current hooks into the Gulf Stream, which runs along the East Coast. Lubchenco says more federal waters in the Gulf are being closed to fishing while seafood is tested by the Food and Drug Administration.

For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans