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Organizers of the Grandman Triathlon were forced to make a race day decision as the threat of tar balls loomed over Mobile Bay, the site of the swim for the race.
The day before the race, state officials banned fishing in the southern part of Mobile Bay and off the barrier islands at the mouth of the bay, issuing a swimming advisory for the islands. Field observers reported spotting tar balls and dead fish in the bay. In the end, the triathlon went off without a tar ball.