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LOS ANGELES - An apparent oil slick off the coast of Goleta left a sheen 2 miles wide on the ocean alongside Santa Barbara County Wednesday, and the Coast Guard was responding to the “possible oil spill.”

Kayakers reported the sheen about 10 a.m. to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a fire captain told television station KEYT.

The amount of oil was unusual but the source was not known, fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni told KTLA. The Fire Department was waiting for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Environmental Protection Agency to arrive, he said.

A U.S. Coast Guard petty officer told KTLA that a marine safety detachment team was investigating the oil. The slick was 1,000 yards off shore, Petty Officer Andrea Anderson said.

She initially described it only as about 60 feet in length, but later said the slick was 2 miles long. A Coast Guard press release referred to the sheen as a “possible oil spill.”

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