Sticky yellow substance found on Hannafore Beach, near Looe
Members of the public are being warned to stay away from a south east Cornwall beach after a sticky yellow substance was washed up.
A dog walker discovered the yellow waxy like substance on Hannafore beach, west Looe earlier today.
Coastguards are at the scene and urging people to stay away from the beach and Cornwall Council’s environmental health team and the Environment Agency are investigating the substance.
Earlier this week a white waxy material was found on a number of beaches in west Cornwall, including Praa Sands, Porthcurno and Penzance promenade.
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A Brixham Coastguard spokesman said samples from the beach would be taken away for analysis.
He said: “We are not sure at the moment what it is. It is not the same colour as the substance that was washed up on the beaches further west of Cornwall”, he said.
Until the results of the samples taken come back it is unclear whether it is the same as the substance discovered earlier this week, added the spokesman.
“We are advising people not to go near it or allow their pets to go near it until we have found out exactly what it is.”
Cornwall councillor for the area Edwina Hannaford, said she understood it could be unrefined vegetable oil but said they would have to wait for laboratory tests to confirm it.
The white substance, found on the west Penwith beaches, believed to be responsible for the death of a dog, was later found to be a “non-toxic to humans, degraded, edible oil or fat” by Public Health England.