Southern California Beaches Reopen After Massive Cleanup of “Mystery Goo”

Seven miles of Southern California beaches were reopened just in time for the weekend Friday, following a mass cleanup of oil and tar patties that had bombarded the popular South Bay shores.

The stretch of California coastline from El Segundo to Redondo Beach had been closed since Wednesday when the “mystery goo” began washing up. Officials still aren’t sure where the substance originated, but are currently testing the material for more information.

Just one day after the substance began washing up in the South Bay, beachgoers in Ventura County reported the appearance of similar oily globs. Ventura is located just 50 miles south of the recent Santa Barbara oil spill which spewed some 21,000 gallons of oil along Refugio State Beach.

A spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said officials there are also conducting testing to determine the material’s origin. Authorities chose to keep the Ventura beaches open after concluding there was no significant threat posed to public health or wildlife.

Read more about the “mystery goo” here.