Ayrshire: Mysterious massive ‘whirlpool’ seen in the sea off the British coast

Drone operator Paul Young captured the strange sight of Ayrshire

Drone operator Paul Young captured the strange sight in Ayrshire (Image: SWNS)

An ‘eddy current’ seen in the sea in a remote part of Scotland has led to intense speculation about what might be going on.

Drone operator Paul Young, 46, photographed the raging water on Sunday night – with his images showing waves and foam forming a long trail.

Accountant Paul, from Girvan, South Ayrshire, caught sight of the nearby Lendalfoot beach.

He said: ‘I had assumed it was a riptide and it looked a bit like a hot tub. I posted it on social media to see if anyone knew.

Incredible drone photographs show a huge? Vortex?  off the coast of Scotland Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire - caused by wastewater.  See SWNS history SWSCwhirepool.  Paul Young, 46, took the photos using his drone last night (son) in Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire.  The accountant from Girvan, South Ayrshire, was shocked by the strange sight that has been identified as sewage flowing into the sea.  Paul said:? I had assumed it was a riptide and it looked a bit like a hot tub.

There was intense speculation about what might happen (Image: SWNS)

‘I’ve had lots of people who have said things from herring spawning to sewage, burst pipes, to methane leaks to possible explosives.

‘There are lots of old bombs in there. I do not think it was because I saw for about an hour, and if it had been a bomb, it would have been a huge, rapid explosion.

“It’s near a landfill, which I noticed later, so I assumed it was sewage.”

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the phenomena are caused by recent heavy rains mixed with wastewater discharged into the sea.

Incredible drone photographs show a huge? Vortex?  off the coast of Scotland Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire - caused by wastewater.  See SWNS history SWSCwhirepool.  Paul Young, 46, took the photos using his drone last night (son) in Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire.  The accountant from Girvan, South Ayrshire, was shocked by the strange sight that has been identified as sewage flowing into the sea.  Paul said:? I had assumed it was a riptide and it looked a bit like a hot tub.

‘The vortex’ left a long trail in the sea (Image: SWNS)

A spokesman said it had received reports of a “visible uproar” at the scene where Paul had filmed.

“This is a routinely permitted discharge of treated landfill leachate from Straid Farm Landfill,” he said.

┬╗Leachate is rainwater that has come into contact with waste at a landfill. It is collected in lined containment cells and then treated before being released into the environment. ‘

Incredible drone photographs show a huge? Vortex?  off the coast of Scotland Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire - caused by wastewater.  See SWNS history SWSCwhirepool.  Paul Young, 46, took the photos using his drone last night (son) in Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire.  The accountant from Girvan, South Ayrshire, was shocked by the strange sight that has been identified as sewage flowing into the sea.  Paul said:? I had assumed it was a riptide and it looked a bit like a hot tub.

It is a result of heavy rain recently (Image: SWNS)

SEPA has assured nearby residents that the operator discharging wastewater is obliged to carry out sampling to ensure that it complies with strict quality limits so that it does not pollute the sea.

“Given the heavy and sustained rainfall over the last few weeks, there has been an increased amount of leachate to be treated and discharged,” the spokesman added.

‘This will have resulted in a prolonged discharge and more noticeable visual impact than usual. SEPA will continue to monitor compliance with the operator’s permit. ‘

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