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Mystery foam engulfs seaside town in northwest England

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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 08:13 PM
Lancashire , mmmmmm seems any location that is featured on a BEATLES song has strange phenomena , no sorry I am drunk , christmas and all , not that drunk , phenomena , can't even say the word ,yet can spell it

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 08:17 PM
Looks like snow.

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 09:48 PM
reply to post by isyeye

I'm sure we've all seen foam at sometime, but I never cared enough to find out what caused it. Wiki says that it's caused by the breakdown of dead algal blooms. It might be that global warming has caused a great increase in the death of algal blooms.

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 09:57 PM

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:11 PM
Ah,a little more sea scum then usual.
Just means that the seas are a little warmer whipping up those nasty little storms that feed off of those warmer oceans.
Here ,in the southeastern US,we get those from very polluted waters and hurricanes.

What do they call hurricanes when they hit the UK?

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:55 PM
I've seen this before. It's a kind of algae that manifests itself as a kind of foam. I read somewhere that it is more prevalent thanks to fertilizers that run off into the ocean.

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 01:09 AM
reply to post by Jbones

Ha ha , there is none on the OP , these are the lyrics that I quote from,

A Day in the Life by the Beatles.


I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grave
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords.

I saw a film today oh boy
The English Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
but I just had to look
Having read the book
I'd love to turn you on

Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in second splat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
and Somebody spoke and I went into a dream

I read the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
I'd love to turn you on

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 01:45 AM
My Aunt lives in Cleavleys, I bet she overloaded her washing machine.

I have seen this before, tho not quite that much..

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 02:15 AM
reply to post by isyeye

I have a photo of myself when i was 18 at Stockton Beach in NSW Australia, where there is this much foam covering the entire Stockton bite...It's bizzare but reasonably normal.

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 02:23 AM
This is amazing, never heard of this before.
Does it have an odor?
How safe are small animals and pets?

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 03:06 AM
Thats a crazy amount of foam, mother nature must have put its fairy washing up liquid in

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 03:32 AM

Originally posted by isyeye

"When the tides and winds combine to churn dead algal matter up from the bottom of the sea, it produces this foam, which is quite dramatic"

So, it's not a mystery, that was just a lie to make the title quite dramatic.

"Foam engulfs seaside town in northwest England" would have been interesting enough for me.

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 04:16 AM
In 2007 there was a massive sea foam buildup in Australia (article contains some cool pictures):

Here is some info about possible hazards, sea foam can create:

On rare occasions large amounts of sea foam up to several metres thick can accumulate at the coast and constitute a physical hazard to beach users, through concealing large rocks and voids, storm debris and, in northern New South Wales, even sea snakes.

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.

If the foam forms from the breakdown of a harmful algal bloom (including those caused by some dinoflagellates and cyanobacteria), direct contact with the foam, or inhalation of aerosols derived the foam as it dries, can cause skin irritations or other respiratory discomfort.[

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 04:32 AM
Detergent Corexit anyone?

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 05:20 AM

Originally posted by detachedindividual
Jeez, anything can be made to be suspicious, can't it? They've explained what it is, and it makes sense.
Don't you think that if this was some kind of conspiracy or the result of something suspicious we'd have numerous scientists calling them out? Or is every single scientist in the UK in on the conspiracy too?

While the foam itself is explained, there are still a couple of questions not answered in any of the linked articles.

1.) Why so much foam? If the foam is caused by decaying algae then a tremendous amount of algae must have died in order to make this much foam. We've all seen this foam along the beach and know what amounts are "normal". This amount is definitely not normal. So, what happened to kill off that amount of algae? What are the ramifications on other sea species?

2.) Why is it oily? Normal sea foam is not oily.

This foam is not normal.
edit on 31/12/2011 by Iamonlyhuman because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 05:26 AM

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posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 05:34 AM
This would be one hell f a way to deliver a biological strike, gel and foam are considered methods for making it stick. Good thing they tested it and it was only evil algae.

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 05:37 AM

Originally posted by PapagiorgioCZ
Detergent Corexit anyone?

I would imagine that would wash up on the southern shore first. Who knows, the way the tides are agitated these days, could be. I certainly don't ever trust the media with their "move along, everything is fine" headliners anymore. Media = controlled government lies, I don't care where they are from.

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 05:41 AM
i do hope this is natural and not a sideshow from the hydraulic fracturing going on in the blackpool area. it would be nice to eliminate that one from the possible list. i've seen foam on the shoreline in previous years but this is the motherload.

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 05:49 AM

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