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G'Day Meg

In regards to you ocean find, I highly doubt that it's a meteorite. I would conclude that what you have found is a tar ball. We have alot of them occur here in Southern California on the beaches, a result of either natural seepage or from oil rigs or passing ships. They're very light after wave action, tend to turn into a ball. If they're under water, they're quite hard, glossy. But once they reach the shore and are exposed to the sun, they will quickly soften. A real pain to get off your feet if you step on them.

That's not to say that meteorites are not found in water. One particular meteorite was Okechobee found in 1916, it was an L4 chondrite and the most amazing thing was that it was pulled up in a fishing net about 0.75 mile off shore.

Hope this helps. Look forward to more input and welcome!



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