Fatbergs – palm oil pollution?

The Daily Post has been warning that the wreck of the Kimya, which sank in 1991, was disturbed by the recent storms and palm oil from it is once again washing ashore on Anglesey.

Sure enough, today Penrhos Beach was littered with lumps of a white soapy substance that had a very strong smell, like diesel or tar.

And floating on the tide there were more lumps, looking like miniature ice bergs.

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A “fatberg” floating infront of Llanddwyn Island

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All the white blobs are lumps of a stinky, waxy substance – possibly some kind of processed palm oil. At first glance, they looked like polystyrene breaking up.

There were also a couple of lumps of yellowish, waxy stuff – more what I associate with palm oil – which doesn’t smell like diesel, just a bit like rancid fat and these seem to be more attractive to the birds (and presumably dogs too). If this is palm oil, it can make dogs very ill – so be careful. I can’t imagine it’s very good for any aspect of the marine environment, but Natural Resources Wales seem uninterested, saying it is the Council’s responsibility to clean up…

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A smaller piece of yellowish “palm oil” that the birds have been feeding on

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Today, 5th November, many lumps of fat remain on the beach, but the wind is doing a good job of covering them up.

On a lighter note, the Council have put out their warning signs for jellyfish…

Anglesey Council jellyfish sign

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2 thoughts on “Fatbergs – palm oil pollution?

  1. Janet MacDonald

    Any up to date news on the palm oil? Can’t visit with my cocker spaniel until safe to do so – she eats anything and everything!!! Any news gratefully received.

    Reply
    1. Kay B Post author

      Hi – most of the visible fat has gone. Sometimes bits are being re-exposed in the sand, or maybe they’re new bits being washed up: these seem to be quickly eaten by the birds… The Council and/or NRW did do a clean up of the major lumps some weeks ago. I’d say it is as safe as it ever is. I guess you can never be 100% sure what is going to wash up and what a dog is going to wolf down!

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