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December 09, 2007


Photographer Perth

Very impressive shots. I never knew it happened as bad as this before but it looks like a new world. Well done for capturing these pictures.


Those photos are awesome. I've never seen such a thing. Maybe a little bit of froth but nothing that looks like snow! I'm definately inspired.

surf holiday

Wowww!! I have never seen that much of froth at the ocean. I really appreciate the photographer Mr. Bill Counsell, who captured this pic. I would like to be at that place for some moment but its not possible, anyways thanks for sharing the information!!

ACW Photographer

Wow that is truly amazing, I agree with dave powell though, surely that must foam cannot be a natural occurence? The first picture really shows the scale of the foam when compared to the boy and it looks about 10foot high! Anyway excellent column, showed me something I have never seen before here

Margaret River

This is the first time that I saw this kind of natural event. Great capture from your camera. It really shows the beauty of the subject.

Kurt Kinetic Road Machine

Not sure it is the type of capaccuino that I'd like to drink.

David C. Powell

Decades ago I worked at the City of L.A.’s Hyperion Sewage Plant. It was secondary treatment with giant, open tanks for aerobic biological treatment with massive volumes of air bubbled into the tanks. This was at a time when detergents were being introduced and heavily marketed that lots of foam means better cleaning. That excess detergent ended up at Hyperion.
The aeration of the open tanks caused lots of foam and when a Santa Ana wind came up it would lift off giant clouds of foam that blew across the highway. Some were so large they would envelope a car and cover the windshield with disconcerting results!
Hyperion re-engineered their entire treatment process after I left and abandoned the open aeration tanks in favor of trickle filters that produce no foam.
The foam off Australia seems to be much more than would be produced by natural organic matter from dying plankton or algae, etc. I have seen spume maybe a foot deep from broken down plankton/algae combined with heavy storm surf but nothing like that. Could detergent have been dumped nearby? How close is Sydney’s sewage plant? Dave Powell

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