Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Whirlpool appears in the sea off the coast of Scotland

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A vortex has formed off the Scottish coast from the sewage flowing into the sea.

Officials confirmed the event was related to the impact of recent rainfall on a local landfill.

Drone images captured the hot tub near Lendalfoot in South Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland.

Paul Young, a 46-year-old accountant, took the pictures on Sunday showing a rotating body of water not far from the shore.

He posted on social media to see if anyone could explain the phenomenon he believed was a tidal wave and looked like a vortex.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) announced that it has been linked to events at a nearby landfill.

It was due to rainwater coming into contact with sewage and being pumped into the sea, the organization said.

An Environmental Protection Agency spokesman said: “SEPA is aware of reports of visible upwelling off the coast of Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire on Sunday October 31st.

“This is a routine allowable discharge of treated landfill leachate from the Straid Farm Landfill.”

The whirlpool is connected to seepage water – rainwater that has mixed with waste in a landfill – which is treated and then discharged, said the SEPA spokesman.

“Given the heavy and persistent rainfall in recent weeks, an increased amount of leachate had to be treated and discharged,” they added.

“This has resulted in a prolonged discharge and a more pronounced visual impact than normal.”

Additional reporting by agencies

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