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Warning signs up for beaches' 'yellow foam' mystery

12th January 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

Warning signs have been put up on Portsmouth beaches after the discovery of mysterious yellow foam.

Several miles of Hayling Island's beaches will remain closed until further notice after they were struck by the foam when it washed up yesterday (Tuesday January 12th), the Portsmouth News reports.

Following an investigation by the Environment Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the foam was found to be made up of castor oil.

The agencies have stressed the oil poses no threat to human health, but could make animals ill.

Warning signs were put up by Havant borough Council to inform visitors the beaches are temporarily closed.

Daniel Ripley, a barman at a local pub, told the newspaper the foam looked like "dirty bubble bath".
"I saw it and there was quite a lot of it.

"We do get foam a lot here on the beach, but not like that. It's difficult to determine where it came from," he said.

A spokesperson for the council said the beaches would reopen as soon as the clean-up operation is completed.

Recently, safety signs were put up on a Cornwall beach after the discovery of black oil. The BBC reported Cornwall Council as saying there was "wheelbarrow full" of the oil.


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