Mystery as huge whirlpool appears off the coast of Britain

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Mystery as huge whirlpool appears off the coast of Britain
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Mystery as huge whirlpool appears off the coast of Britain. Multiple theories as to the cause of the whirlpool have come to light.

Photographer Paul Young captured the whirlpool with his drone. The whirlpool appeared in Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire on October 31. Paul took to Facebook to share photos of the stunning sight.

Paul commented on the whirlpool: “I had assumed it was a riptide and it looked a bit like a whirlpool. I posted it on social media to see if anyone knew.” Paul’s photos and video were shared across Facebook. Many people commented on the phenomenon.

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Various theories have come to light. The theories range from possible explosions to burst pipes under the sea.

Paul commented: “I don’t think it’s that because I watched for about an hour and if it had been a bomb it would have been one huge, quick explosion.

“Scottish Water has no sewers or infrastructure near or in Lendalfoot, where properties a served by septic tanks.”


According to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) the whirlpool was caused by rainwater that had come into contact with wastewater. The contact is said to have occurred at a landfill site before the water was pumped into the sea.

A spokesperson for SEPA said: “SEPA is aware of reports of a visible upwelling off the coast at Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire, on Sunday October 31.

“This is a routine permitted discharge of treated landfill leachate from Straid Farm Landfill. Leachate is rainwater which has come in to contact with waste within a landfill.


“It is collected within lined containment cells and then treated prior to discharge to the environment.

“In advance of discharging, the operator is required to undertake sampling to ensure it meets the strict quality limits outlined in their SEPA issued Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Permit.

“These limits are set on a discharge specific basis to ensure no adverse impact on the receiving water body.

“Given the heavy and sustained rainfall over the last couple of weeks there has been an increased volume of leachate needing to be treated and discharged.

“This will have resulted in a prolonged discharge and more noticeable visual impact than normal.

“SEPA will continue to monitor compliance with the operator’s permit.”

A spokesperson for Scottish water stated: “We are not aware of any reported issues on our sewer network in this postcode area.

“Scottish Water has no sewers or infrastructure near or in Lendalfoot, where properties a served by septic tanks.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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