It's RUBBER not SPERM
Here's the official word from Newsday.com...
South Shore Beaches Reopened
Rubbery material not hazardous, officials say
By Staff Reports
June 13, 2002, 3:57 PM EDT
Suffolk health officials reopened beaches along Suffolk's South Shore late this afternoon after officials determined that nearly a half-ton of unknown foamy substance that washed up on the shore was not hazardous.
"The material has been undergoing testing in the laboratory. While they can't determine the exact nature of the material, the determination has been made that it's non-hazardous. It's a type of rubber," said Robert Nuzzi, director of the Suffolk County Bureau of Marine Resources.
County park officials first discovered the unidentified substance at the beach at Smith Point County Park on Tuesday evening and notified the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Yesterday, county healthy officials ordered all beaches along Suffolk's South Shore closed until the nature of the substance was determined.
Brookhaven and Islip Town beaches along Lake Ronkonkoma also were closed Tuesday after water samples taken on June 6 revealed levels of coliform, a bacteria found in soil and in the intestinal tract of animals, to be more than the standard set by the state Department of Health Services.
The Islip town beach was reopened today, but the Brookhaven beach remained closed.
Copyright © 2002, Newsday, Inc.
Now I wish it was Weakfish sperm. At least that would not be as sad as some sort of industrial spill.