A smelly mystery substance was eaten by a few dogs after it washed up on a beach in the U.K. Public health authorities have identified it but where it came from is unsolved.
A dog has died after eating a “glutinous” substance which has washed up on beaches in west Cornwall.
Penzance vets said the three-year-old miniature schnauzer had eaten a white object on Long Rock beach on Tuesday.
Two other dogs are seriously ill after eating the same substance on beaches in the area, vets have said.
The pieces, described as “vegetable-oil” like were scattered all over the beach. Testing was done and revealed it was rancid palm oil.
PHE [Public Health England] said the substance had been confirmed as a “non-toxic, degraded, edible oil or fat”.
Cornwall Council contractors Cory put up warning signs on the beaches affected by the substance, which was first seen on Sunday at Pedn Vounder beach and was described by witnesses as smelling like firelighters.
Beaches affected included Praa Sands, Porthcurno and Penzance promenade.
The clean up has begun. It is not made clear why the dogs were sickened by it (which suggests it actually is NOT non-toxic if consumed). The source of the material is also not known but was likely dumped as waste. Oil floats.