Strong winds have created a large amount of sea foam at Aberdeen beach.
In the video, filmed by reporter Danny McKay – who was hunting for sea glass at the time, you can see how the white foam is covering the pavement along the front.
The high winds have also caused massive waves to crash into the breakwater near Aberdeen harbour.[jwplayer tFxmKzdC]
The North-east coast is no stranger to sea foam as large amounts have been produced near Footdee, as shown below in 2012, and in Stonehaven, below, in October 2014.
While generally not harmful to people – sea foam is often an indication of a productive sea ecosystem. The foam can cover rocks or other slip hazards. In some instances, however, it can cause irritation.
Sea foam is created when strong winds generate large numbers of breaking waves in an area that contains a large amount of dissolved organic matter, such as proteins and fats present in the water.
The combination of the waves and the dissolved organics create little bubbles, these stick together through surface tension to create the foam, also known as spume or beach foam.
Algal blooms are one common source of the organic matter required to create the sea foams, however in some cases they can come from sewage and detergents that have made their way into the water.