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Photos: Weird Yellow Fluff Balls Wash Up on French Beaches

Tangled in knots

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Here, the yellow blobs are tangled up with kelp and other material

Huge field of debris

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A huge pile of yellow blobs

Cleanup process

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People have even resorted to using bulldozers to clean up the material.

Common problem

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Similar beach debris has washed ashore in recent years in England and Germany. Those balls were industrial paraffin.

Identifying the source

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So far, no one has identified the ship or source of the pollution.

Field of debris

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Here, another field of yellow blobs on a French beach.

Big mess

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The pollution washed along the coast near the English channel, which sees heavy traffic from industrial ships.

Blobs in the sun

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Here, images of the blobs in the sun.

Yellow goo

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The yellow goo was still washing ashore over several days.

Ear wax

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Some of the blobs resemble ear wax

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