The sea foam phenomenon has been seen along parts of Australia’s eastern coast, a rare but natural event, when the rough seas mix dislocated organic materials, such as algae. White foam often floods the coasts from Lancashire (England) to South Africa as a result of severe storms.
How and why is the sea foam formed?
In his report published in the British newspaper “the Independent”, writer Tom Bachelor said that the sea’s liver forms when wind and waves raise ocean waters. Small fat particles are then meshed with algae, fish flats, parts of coral, and other pollutants stuck in the water, and a thick white foam is formed. This is very similar to bubbles caused by a bottle of water or other liquid that is being forcefully jaw.
When large quantities of decomposed algae are swept to the beach, this exciting scene can be seen. Under the right conditions, such as the spread of algae or the death of a wide range of fish, foam can flood large areas of beaches.
According to the US National Ocean Service, sea-fogging is not generally harmful to humans, and usually refers to the safety of the marine ecosystem. However, depending on the type of algae that the water carries, some gases that may cause eye and lungs irritation can be released into the atmosphere.
The sea foam can also be dangerous for wildlife. A study of seabirds along the western coast of the United States found that the foam from the spread of decomposed algae stripped the birds of their feathers, causing them to freeze, inability to fly, and many of them die.