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WATCH: Cornish beach left covered in foam

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4:23pm 13th September 2017
(Updated 4:23pm 13th September 2017)

This is the moment a Cornish beach was left covered in foam, just hours before Storm Aileen hit the UK.

Maureen Lord posted the incredible footage from St Agnes on Facebook on Tuesday morning.

The dog you can see in the middle is called 'big pups' or 'little Boston'.

Maureen's pet was all but covered by the sea foam, which gives you an idea of how deep it was.

She added that the pup was "totally bemused by it all" - and you can watch the footage below...

 

America's National Ocean Service sums up the phenomenon: "Sea foam forms when dissolved organic matter in the ocean is churned up".

On its website, NOAA says: "If you scoop up some water from the ocean in a clear glass and look at it closely, you'll see that it's chock full of tiny particles.

"Seawater contains dissolved salts, proteins, fats, dead algae, detergents and other pollutants, and a bunch of other bits and pieces of organic and artificial matter. If you shake this glass of ocean water vigorously, small bubbles will form on the surface of the liquid.

"Sea foam forms in this way - but on a much grander scale - when the ocean is agitated by wind and waves.

"Each coastal region has differing conditions governing the formation of sea foams.

"Algal blooms are one common source of thick sea foams. When large blooms of algae decay offshore, great amounts of decaying algal matter often wash ashore. Foam forms as this organic matter is churned up by the surf".

You can read more here or watch some of the most bizarre footage of sea foam from Australia...

4:23pm 13th September 2017

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