The physical phenomenon of spume otherwise known as sea foam, white horses, ocean foam, sea suds has always had me fascinated. Sometimes it is so thick that it can be blown onto the beach where it sits in mounds. It is caused by the churning of the water particular close to shore or another obstruction which causes it to break. The more organic matter the sea contains the sudsier it will become as more air is trapped in the breaking water. This forms bubbles and due to surface tension these bubbles stick together. After a cyclone the amount of foam can be massive such as in the States after Hurricane Irene and in 2013, closer to home on the Sunshine Coast Queensland after Cyclone Oswald.
In response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special