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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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Sylvia’s bench

Sylvia was a Shiba Inu dog who became lost and then sadly drowned off Newborough Beach in January 2015.

In memory of Sylvia

In a gesture of gratitude to the local people who helped search for Sylvia, and as a lasting memorial to the little dog, her owner commissioned a new bench.

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The bench is now in place at the edge of the forest looking across the warren, to the mountains and the big forever beyond.

Sylvia's bench and the view across the warren to the mountains beyond

Sylvia’s bench and the view across the warren to the mountains beyond

You will find the bench about halfway along the path that leads from the Marram Grass car park (Llyn Rhos Ddu) to the edge of the forest and down to the sea.

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.