A ‘white, lard-like’ substance washed up on Port Erin beach over the weekend.
Port Erin coastguards searched the beach after high tide passed last night (Saturday) removing quantities of the substance, which ranged in size from a golf ball to being 12-inches in diameter. Coastguards are pictured above during a further sweep of the shore this morning.
A statement from the coastguard said: ‘Until this substance can be analysed, members of the public are advised to keep dogs on a lead and away from any substance of the sort described.’
Bill Dale, who organises the volunteer beach cleaning group Beach Buddies, reiterated this message, adding: ‘This may be the same substance that washed ashore a few months ago along the south coast of the UK and the Scilly Isles, which caused a number of fatalities to wildlife and one dog.
‘That substance was found to be palm oil. The source of that contamination has still to be found and never may be discovered.’