11.17.10 Tar-balls Washing Ashore in FL. By SFSDAdministrator Chuck Barnes, Alabama Surfrider member, has been active in following the Gulf situation "post spill". He created this blog to keep us all informed. Just last week, he spotted tar-balls washing ashore after a swell. As he mentions, the tar balls are soft and black, meaning there is little weathering which means the oil could be potentially as toxic as it was the day it seeped out of the well.