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On the north end of Wrightsville Beach there are often what appear to be stones but they squish down when you step on them. What are they?

Melisa Riley

The spongy soil at the north end of Wrightsville Beach is simply soil, according to town of Wrightsville Beach park ranger Shannon Slocum.

“For dredging in that area we have soil brought in from all over the place.” Slocum said. The spongy soil is the various soils combining.

Slocum said the soil looks like little balls of tar and it breaks apart in your hands. It typically forms at the very tip of the north end of the beach, he said. It is all natural and is not a pollutant. He also said he receives a number of phone calls inquiring about the soil.

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