What is “sea foam” made out of?

Reporter Gives Update Covered In Sea Foam: MyFoxNY.com


Given the location, New Jersey/New York metropolitan area, this part of the wikipedia definition may be most pertinent:

Where polluted stormwater from rivers or drains discharges to the coast, sea foam formed on adjacent beaches can be polluted with viruses and other contaminants, and may have an unpleasant odour.
If crude oil discharged from tankers at sea, or motor oil, sewage and detergents from polluted stormwater are present, the resulting sea foam is even more persistent, and can have a chocolate mousse texture.*

Hat Tip Joe

Comments

  1. #1 Mr Ed
    August 29, 2011

    Hair gel and bronzer.

  2. #2 Bacopa
    August 29, 2011

    It’s the same goo that accumulates in your protein skimmer in your saltwater tank. They’re not really skimmers, but foam fractionators these days.

  3. #3 Anonymosity
    August 29, 2011

    Actually, the report originated with Fox 5 in DC. He’s standing on the boardwalk in Ocean City Maryland. While that’s not the most beautiful place in the world, it’s not as bad as the beaches in Jersey.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    August 29, 2011

    Thanks for the correction. Ocean City Maryland is not as bad as New Jersey, but it does get the effluence from Chesapeake Bay. One question would be: How many STP’s shut down during the storm? (and “shutting down” means dumping raw sewage)

  5. #5 uncle Glenny
    August 29, 2011

    And next week we get live coverage of The Toxic Avenger

  6. #6 jonquil
    August 29, 2011

    Sugar, water and egg whites. Oh, you meant the other seafoam. I always thought it was bubbles, because it kind of looks like bubble bath at times.

  7. #7 daedalus4u
    August 29, 2011

    I have it on good authority that sea foam is made from 300 year old, dead soul-less merfolk.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Mermaid

  8. #8 Domestigoth
    August 29, 2011

    What, you mean it’s not made of dead mermaids?

    Oh wait, daedalus4u already beat me to the reference.

    Watching the video made me shudder. I grew up near water, and can clearly remember the nasty smell and consistency of that disgusting foam.

  9. #9 travc
    August 30, 2011

    The only question I really have about this stuff now is:
    Should we call it Bachmann or Murdoch?

    I vote for Murdoch due to the gritty sliminess and the Fox connection.

  10. #10 nice_marmot
    August 30, 2011

    It’s so much better

    When everyone is in
    Are you in?
    It’s so much easier
    When sea-foam green is in fashion

    Ooo-ooo-ooo-oooh…Are you in?

  11. #11 MadScientist
    August 30, 2011

    When it floods, sewage treatment plants don’t so much dump raw sewage as allow it to spill all over the place. That’s assuming the plant or some of its treatment ponds flooded or that the pumps have all shut down. The stormwater drains are not plumbed into the sewage system but they’re full of crap from idiots dumping their trash everywhere.

  12. #12 travc
    August 30, 2011

    MadScientist…
    In many places, the stormwater drains feed into the sewer system. Yeah, really dumb, but cheap and works well-enough until there is a heavy rain.

  13. #13 Rob
    August 31, 2011

    Ocean City Maryland surely gets more effluent from Delaware Bay than from the Chesapeake Bay. The latter is approximately three times as distant as the former from Ocean City.

    I’m highly amused that this is happening to a Fox affiliate reporter.

  14. #14 Linda Gill
    Australia
    January 27, 2013

    This may be most pertinent to what we are seeing and experiencing on the east coast. The foam is becoming more prolific with every passing low pressure that hits the east coast of Australia.

    With the extreme events we are now experiencing, we can include in wikipedias explanation, tailings and waste water from numerous coal, heavy metal and CSG mines along the east coast of Australia.

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