I just got off the phone with Councilwoman Donna Frye. She’s growing increasingly concerned about the goop that’s been washing up on Fiesta Island.

Frye said it’s still unclear what exactly that goop is. But, she’s advising people to stay off of the shoreline for fear that young children or dogs could potentially come into contact with or ingest the unknown substance.

“I saw the mayor this morning and said I think you should keep people off the shoreline and not let your dogs on the beach and your kids on the beach,” she said.

Meanwhile, I’ve received a few responses from people surmising what this goop may be.

Reader EM writes:

I’ve heard that before they filled in Mission Bay to create the islands, companies used that section (near Sea World) as an informal dump site. Maybe some of the 55-gal drums have rusted thru and the goo has escaped to the surface?

Meanwhile, Reader SD sent along a link to an article about “sewage sludge” or “biosolids.” This, admittedly, looks a lot like the gunk I photographed yesterday. SD had this to say about it:

The picture below is Sewage Sludge and looks exactly like the picture you posted. The strange [part] about the attached picture is where it was taken and how it came about.  At first I did not believe the story as the website name is  http://www.treehugger.com.  I subsequently found senate investigation into the matter which proved the story was legit.

Frye is still pushing to find out what the sludge is and what the source of it is. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything new.

SAM HODGSON

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