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Warning to dog owners after 'mystery fatty substance' washes up at Rotherslade Bay, Gower

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

By Jason Evans / jason.evans@swwmedia.co.uk / @EvansTheCrime

Dog owners are being urged to be on the look out after a fatty substance washed up at Rotherslade Bay

Dog owners are being urged to be on the look out after a fatty substance washed up at Rotherslade Bay

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DOG owners have been urged to be on the look out after a new batch of a mystery fatty goo washed on a Gower beach.

Swansea Council staff have removed a quantity of what they described as a “non-toxic fatty substance” from Rotherslade Bay.

The discovery is the latest appearance of the substance — thought to be rotting fat — on beaches across South Wales over the last six weeks.

Last month the Evening Post reported how Gorseinon man Daniel Hart had to make the heart-wrenching decision to put down much-loved family pet Maisy after the pooch ate a similar substance on Llangennith Beach and became very sick.

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Swansea Council are urging beach dog walkers to keep their animals away from any fatty flotsam.

Huw Morgan, pollution control officer with the local authority, said: “This material has a white, waxy appearance and an unpleasant smell.

"While it is not harmful to the public, it can be harmful to animals if it is eaten and we would urge dog owners to be vigilant and keep their dogs on a lead.

“Should any member of the public discover the substance they should report it to the council as soon possible.”

The council said it will remove the substance from public beaches and will give “advice” to private beach owners about proper disposal.

The local authority is advising members of the public who come into the contact with the substance to was their hands as usual with soap and water, and to wash any clothes that may be affected.

It is believed the deposits found at beaches including Ogmore, Southerndown, Porthcawl, Oxwich and Llangennith, are rancid, degraded vegetable oil which may have been washed into the Bristol Channel. Similar deposits have been reported on the Cornish coast.

Call Swansea Council on 01792 636000

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  • peyethomas00  |  December 20 2013, 1:20PM

    ooh,only three thumbs down for this post. too bloody lazy to comment from the comfort of your armchairs!

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  • peyethomas00  |  December 18 2013, 12:01AM

    looks very much like the remains of radiation damaged sea creatures, very similar to that that is being found washed ashore between fukoshima and the west coast of usa. has anyone carried out any INDEPENDENT biological, chemical and radiological studies on this? there is something we are not being told about this, images just do not do it justice, analysis of the substance along with information on sea currents and long shore drift should be carried out to determine the origin of this! it should also be noted, whilst i am on the topic of sea currents etc, we could see a lot more disturbance and anomalies if the tidal lagoon goes ahead!

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