Suspected palm oil found on Thanet beaches

Suspected Palm Oil on Ramsgate sands Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

Suspected palm oil has been found on Ramsgate Main Sands, Palm Bay and at Dumpton Gap.

Palm oil deposits, which are white lumpy substances, have been occurring more frequently following winter storms over the last couple of years, and may be better described as ‘mineral and vegetable oils’ – as palm oil is only one type.

Palm Oil is toxic to dogs. The yellow/white boulders of congealed oil smell similar to diesel. The high toxin count of the oil leads to vomiting and diarrhoea and can be fatal.

Dog walker Kathyrn Pullee photographed this massive piece when out walking her Airedale at Dumpton today.

If you believe your dog has been in contact with the substance and are concerned about their health, contact your vet as soon as possible.

If anyone comes across what they suspect to be palm oil or any other harmful substance, please contact the council with as much information as possible – location, photo, size/quantity, and if it has been removed from the beach.

Deposits of palm oil were also washed up on isle beaches last month. Any sightings should be reported to the council on 01843 577000.