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      MBARI instruments (1990-2008) record lowest Monterey Bay ocean temperatures in 2008
      Satellite image of algal bloom
      Satellite image of algal bloom

                    On January 28th, 2008, reports of 'tarballs' washing up on shorelines throughout central California arrived via beach monitoring agencies and the public. These floating bits of oil are dime to dinner plate sized.

                    The beaches where tarballs were found - as of January 29th, 2008 - is made available courtesy of Glen Watabayashi (NOAA) (at right). The sightings have decreased in

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