Sea foam blanket covers village after freak weather conditions hit Cornwall

April 8, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

This is the moment a seaside resort was left looking like a winter wonderland after the promenade was covered in a thick blanket – of SEA FOAM.

The dense layer of white froth – around three FEET deep in places – was created as the incoming tide was whipped up by heavy winds.

Holidaymakers and local residents woke up to find the seafront and a large cafe covered in a rich carpet of white bubbles.

The amazing scene in Perranporth, Cornwall, was caught on camera by Gordon Blanks, 77, on Wednesday.

He said: ”The wind was very strong and I could just about stand up. It is the first time in 15 years I have seen the foam as bad as this.

”Perranporth was deserted as I think all the sensible people had stayed inside.”

The foam is thought to be the result of strong winds blowing in one direction and whipping the sea up into a froth.

Local restaurant manager Freyja Munding said she had only seen foam as thick as this once in her lifetime.

She said: ”When the chef arrived in the morning he told me to go outside and have a look.

”Our bins and signs had been blown down the road and the pub car park was covered in foam too – it was very weird.”

Craig Baldwin, a lecturer at Falmouth Marine School, said the foam is created by organic materials in the sea’s eco-system.

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