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Mystery sheen / possible seep

30 NM West of San Diego, CA | 2017-Mar-08

Initial Notification: On March 8, 2017, USCG pilots reported an oil sheen on the water’s surface roughly 35 NM due West of San Diego Bay. Observers reported seeing bubbles rising within the sheen and photos taken from the USCG helicopter suggest a nearby, submerged source. USCG requested assistance in determine the potential source including whether if might be from an uncharted natural seep.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:Crude oil
Latitude (approximate): 32° 34.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 117° 55.00′ West