Incredible drone photographs show an enormous 'whirlpool' off the coast of Scotland - caused by waste water. Paul Young, 46, captured the pictures using his drone yesterday evening (Sun) in Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire. The accountant, from Girvan, South Ayrshire, was stumped by the strange sight which has been identified as waste water flowing into the sea. Paul said: "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. "I've had loads of folk saying things from herring spawning to effluent, burst pipes, to methane leaks to possible explosives. "There are loads of old bombs in there. "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. "It's near a landfill site, which I noticed later on, so I assumed it was effluent. "SEPA are going to phone me and I know the coastguard are checking it out as well." SEPA have confirmed the water is rainwater that has come into contact with wastewater at a nearby landfill site and is pumped out to sea. A SEPA spokesman 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." MFL - Scottish Water and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency were approached for comment.
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