January 08, 2009

sea-foam on beach

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photo by Donald Kinney

I understand that this type of sea-foam results from certain proteins in the sea being whipped into a froth -- sort of like a sea-smoothie...

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Deborah Godin said...

I'm glad you explained the origin of that foam; I always thought is was pollution. It adds to my appreciation of such a beautiful photo to think that's it's natural. (If the protein is the result of fertilizer run-off or phosphates, don't tell me...)

AphotoAday said...


I did a bit of Googling and found this:
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This is a natural process occurring in especially big seas, where plankton and other small sea organisms are literally pulverised against the rocks of the shoreline, resulting in a very fine protein suspension in the sea which coats the air-bubbles created by the waves to create a stiff froth, just the same way as egg protein coats air bubbles to make meringue, and beer protein coats air bubbles to produce a head of foam in a beer glass.
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photowannabe said...

Wow, I really learned something today. I always thought it was pollution too.
Love the composition of this shot.

Tomate Farcie said...

Meringue? Now you got my attention! ;)

Marvin said...

Another now educated reader who formerly thought foam was the result of pollution.

It's a cool shot too.

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