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PLEASE NOTE: The search function on my computer is malfunctioning, and I lost the reference links to the information presented here. I'll add them as soon as things are fixed! What you're seeing is a huge washing up of tuna crabs that has created "red beach" all up and down the California shoreline, as well as other states. This is not the first time it ...


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The ocean floor is almost entirely undisturbed by waves - What you are finding comes from the coastal littoral. You can gain some general estimates from direction and strength of storms, but the movement of the sea is chaotic overall. Oceanographers can make general statistical predictions, but there is just too much to track. Read this article on the 28,...


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Sea foam is from diatoms breaking up (unless it is from pollution). Normally, it is from diatoms, which are a form of plankton that have a glass-like silica shell (also their broken shells make diatomaceous earth). When their shell breaks, it mixes with the water and makes sea foam!


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In my experience, beaches that are less protected are the ones which have the most items washing up on them. For example, in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, many items arrive from Japan because there is no land in between those places, whereas on the east side of the island, there is almost nothing washing up from Japan because there is so much ...


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An interesting article from The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Research lists causes of sea foam, most of which have been covered by all your other answers. It does say that the formation of sea foam varies by different coastal regions. While in general, sea foam is considered safe to humans and birds, and even beneficial, there have ...



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