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If You See One Of These Things On The Beach, Keep Your Dog As Far Away As Possible

Well, I’ll be honest with you, this is going to get really gross. A woman in England was recently walking her dog along the beach, when something caught his attention. She let him pull her over to what he wanted to see.
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It was a chunky, smelly, white lump on the beach. It wasn’t a rock, but instead, something called a “fatberg”.
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For those of you interested in etymology, yes, that’s “fat” and “iceberg” smushed together. These fat bergs come into existence when dirty cooking oil that’s been disposed of improperly combine with trash in sewer systems.
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They sometimes get out into the ocean and float up to the beach. They’re incredibly dangerous for dogs and humans alike because they’re filled with harmful bacteria.
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Even worse, city workers have found these fat bergs lodged into pipes, causing massive blockages and loads of trouble. One of these things weighed 15 tons!
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That’s over seven times the weight of an average car, and this thing was just a big white block of smelly bacteria.
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While this is disgusting in the extreme, it’s good for humans every once in a while to get a really visceral reminder of how we’re messing up the environment. Little changes can go a really long way in situations like this.
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There’s a lot of different ways that we can clean up the world, but in the effort of tying my suggestion in with the rest of the story, how about we all start by agreeing that we’ll dispose of our cooking oil correctly?
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Because that sounds a lot better than having smelly sewage chunks washing up and ruining our beautiful beaches.
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