Weird waste material washes up on Buncrana beach

The Coast Guard are investigating a strange foul smelling material that has been washing up on beaches in the Buncrana area.

A large amount of foul smelling material was discovered yesterday morning scattered on the shore and gathered in rock pools and the water. The material has a strong smell and contains a large amount of herring scales.

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Weird waste material on Stragill beach. Image Donegal Democrat

Talking to the Donegal Democrat a dog walker who reported the material said “The beach is covered in it and the water is full of it, from where I walked from one side of Buncrana to the Linsfort/Stragill area. The sand was covered in this white material. It looked like snow but I realised it could not be snow.”

“When I went down, I realised it was fish scales and fish waste. I made the mistake of touching it and the smell of it was noxious. I’m not trying to be alarmist but I’m simply trying to raise awareness and get to the bottom of what the material is and whether or not, in that quantity on the beach in a rotting state, it could be hazard or health risk, particularly to children playing on the beach,” she added.

As of yet it is unclear what the material is so walkers are advised to keep away and keep animals and children clear. 

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