Palm oil pollution, possibly?

Earlier this year there were several stories in the press about dogs being poisoned after eating palm oil that had washed onto the shores around the south coast of England.

Today there were several lumps of something similar on Penrhos Beach.

One of the lumps of fat that has washed up on Penrhos Beach. The fat is quite soft - the marks on the left are where I scuffed it with my boot.

One of the lumps of fat that has washed up on Penrhos Beach. The fat is quite soft – the marks on the left are where I scuffed it with my boot.

All kinds of fats and waxes wash up on the beach, including things that look like the more common descriptions and pictures of rancid palm oil (a little like dense polystyrene, or expanded foam).

The fat on the beach today was a little unusual. It was quite light in weight with a soft texture. It smelt like very cheap, used cooking fat: not very nice to a human nose. However, dogs being dogs, they apparently like to gobble up this fatty gloop and it can make them very ill.

So, if you’ll be walking your dog on the beach you might want to watch out for these lumps of creamy coloured fat, just in case.

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One thought on “Palm oil pollution, possibly?

  1. mike

    My dogs found a lump of this on Llanddwyn beach earlier this year but fortunately I managed to get it off them before they ate too much!

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