Thousands of Sponge-Like Balls Found on French Beaches

Posted by on Monday, July 24, 2017

Officials in northern France are trying to determine what exactly washed ashore on a beach.

There are thousands of them and they appear as sponge-like clumps.

Samples have been sent for testing and the clean-up is underway.

One environmental group says shipping vessels are to blame. French authorities have identified it as paraffin wax, petroleum, coal or oil shale that's used in the manufacture of candles, lubricant, crayons, food additives etc..

Opal Coast is a coast in northern France, on the English Channel, popular with tourists.



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