Tag Archives: Penrhos

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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Penrhos Beach

It was a beautiful morning on Penrhos Beach. By good luck or good judgement, Nick Crane from the BBC’s Coast programme had chosen today to do some filming on the edge of the dunes along the beach.

Looking back past the Llanddwyn causeway with the Nantlle ridge in the background

Looking back past the Llanddwyn causeway with the Nantlle ridge in the background

Mr Crane and his crew at the foot of the dunes - he's got a very recognisable walk:)

Mr Crane and his crew at the foot of the dunes – he has quite a recognisable walk:)

Another lovely view from the top of the dunes...

Another lovely view from the top of the dunes…