Residents and visitors have been confused lately by some sightings on Navarre Beach and surrounding beaches. Small black sea creatures which have the appearance of being covered in oil have been washing ashore, causing many to link the sighting to the BP oil spill from several years ago.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers collected samples and sent them to be tested by FWC biologists, who said that they are not man-of-wars or jellyfish covered in oil. The biologists said they resembled sea slugs, which commonly wash ashore this time of year. Additionally, at a recent turtle hatching on Navarre Beach, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center project director Cathy Holmes identified the sea creatures as sea slugs as well, and went as far as to explain that they contain an ink, which could be confused with oil.