...congealed weakfish jizz (according to Alberto.)
Suffolk County South Shore Ocean Beaches Closed
An unidentified white, rubbery foam-like material has appeared along the south shore ocean beaches in Suffolk County. Reports from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on June 11th indicate that the material was first observed in the area of Smith Point. The Suffolk County Department of Health Services has determined that the problem is much more widespread along the south shore. Telephone reports from Suffolk County Parks personnel also confirmed the observations.
Because the material has not been identified, and because the geographical limits of the problem have not yet been determined, Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services, Clare B. Bradley, M.D., M.P.H., has taken the precautionary measure of closing all Town, Village, and County ocean beaches and all private ocean beaches that require a permit from the Department of Health Services, to bathing and wading. The Commissioner is required to do so under the New York State Sanitary Code.
The National Parks Service has also closed the waters along the Fire Island National Seashore, although the beach areas remain available to visitors. The New York State Parks Department is assessing conditions at their beaches.
Director of Public Health, David G. Graham M.D., M.P.H., stated, "While there is no indication that the material poses a health hazard, prudence dictates that, until it is identified as non-hazardous, contact with it should be avoided." Samples of the unknown substance have been collected and are being analyzed by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services' Public and Environmental Health Laboratory. Preliminary results are expected later today.
The Department of Health Services is coordinating efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Protection, and other county agencies.
Recorded information on beach closures may be obtained twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week, by calling the Beach Information Hotline at 631-853-3104. You can also obtain information by visiting the Department of Health Services' website at www.co.suffolk.ny.us/health
. For medical information, contact Dr. Graham at 631-853-3055. Questions on beach conditions should be directed to Dr. Robert Nuzzi of the Bureau of Marine Resources at 631-852-2082.