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Beach Survey Update #5
On 3/8/05, beach surveys were conducted at Airport Beach and Front Beach, with no oil observed at either location. A large tar patty was observed at Little South America – it was located above the high tide line in a sorting tray, which led members of the survey team to question its origin. (Photo 5-1)

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On 3/9/05, a beach survey was conducted at Spit Beach. No oil was observed, and no additional beach surveys were conducted due to the tide cycle.
On 3/10/05, a beach survey was conducted as Summer Bay. No oil was observed.
On 3/11/05, a beach survey was conducted at Wide Bay and approximately 325 weathered tarballs, most of them between 1mm and 4mm in size, were collected. (Photos 5-2, 5-3, 5-4)
On 3/12/05, a beach survey was conducted at Little South America, and approximately 16 tarballs were observed, as well as an area of “splattered” oil (Photo 5-5)
On 3/13/05, beach surveys were conducted at Airport Beach and Front Beach, with no oil observed at either location.

On 3/14/05, beach surveys were conducted at Summer Bay and Spit Beach, with no oil observed at either location.