The wonderment of Nature


So given our recent stormy weather and the reappearance of all the foam on the beach I thought I’d repost this blog I did from 2012 explaining what sea foam is…….

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Foaming beaches, Nine Mile beach, West Coast, New Zealand

Isn’t nature amazing.  Ever wondered what all the foam on the beach is about after a big storm?  Think it is pollution – the rough seas grabbing all the scum in the ocean and then dumping it on the beach…….. I’ve always thought so, and walking through it, it has been “oohh yuk!”  But we are wrong – it is far from pollution and in fact only occurs on clean beaches and New Zealand is renowned as having some of the cleanest beaches in the world – hence why we see all this “sea scum”.

stormy seas and beach foam, Nine Mile Creek, West Coast, NZ

Beach foam has nothing to do with pollution and is actually a natural phenomenon, a natural product of one of the world’s purest and most natural landscapes, drawn from both land and sea and associated…

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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