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Commuters Stunned As Leeds River Glows 'Ninja Turtle' Green

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Commuters Stunned As Leeds River Glows 'Ninja Turtle' Green

Imagine you're walking to work, minding your own business, your route takes you along a river. Lovely.

Now imagine looking down at the river and seeing this:

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What...what is that?

Last Monday a bunch of people on their way to work were greeted with the unusual sight of bright green water in the River Aire in Leeds.

One passer-by, Ollie Sharp, couldn't believe what he was seeing, so decided to whip out his camera to capture the bizarre phenomenon.

He said: "I was on my way to work and I just thought 'what the hell is that?' I'd got to the section of river near Water Lane and Bridge Street and it caught my eye.

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"I thought it was really strange, I had never seen this before, the river is usually really murky when I walk past so I got my phone out and took a picture of it.

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"A lot of people started mentioning the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to me saying it could be them in the river. It does look like something straight from a comic book."

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Ollie, who was a bit concerned it may have been some sort of toxic spill, which may or may not have resulted in a load of turtles being trained by a mutant martial art expert rat, called the environmental agency.


Ollie continued: "When I saw the water I took pictures and emailed it straight over to the Environment Agency just in case someone had been dumping stuff in the river. I thought it could have been toxic so they needed to know.

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"Luckily it turned out to be just dye, they were tracing pollution in the water, so they had put a specialist dye in it. The environment agency knew all about it."

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A spokesperson from the environmental agency said: "The Environment Agency monitors and improves water quality to benefit communities and the environment. We can reassure people that this is a bright but harmless substance.

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"The very visible dye is used to help trace the way water flows, it was being used in a controlled way to help identify and investigate any possible pollution. The investigation into the River Aire is currently live so we can't share further details at this point."

I think that rules out any real-life Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Featured Image Credit: Mercury Press

Topics: Leeds, River

Claire Reid
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