MALIBU (CBSLA.com) — Officials Friday reported tar balls washed ashore two Los Angeles County beaches.

According to city officials, the tar balls were spotted at Surfrider and Hermosa beaches on Thursday.

Some surfers were seen at Malibu surf break using peanut butter to remove the tar from their feet.

Lifeguards explained the tar balls are believed to be connected to natural seepage from ocean-floor petroleum deposits.

Earlier this year, beaches located in the South Bay area were closed for several days after pancake-sized tar balls washed ashore. Most of the substance was identified as natural seepage byproducts, while some had chemical makeup of raw crude oil that spilled near Santa Barbara on May 19.

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