2011-04-15 / Top Stories

Parks Explains Sudsy Surf

By Miriam Rosenberg


The Parks Department attributes the wads of suds, or as they called it, “foam,” that was washing up along the shoreline between Beach 9 and 10 Streets on Sunday, to the change in weather. The Parks Department attributes the wads of suds, or as they called it, “foam,” that was washing up along the shoreline between Beach 9 and 10 Streets on Sunday, to the change in weather. Longer, warmer days; flowers and trees in bloom are all signs that spring is upon us. Apparently another sign of the changing season, according to the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, is the suds or as they called it, “foam,” washing up on the beach.

According to city records, calls were made to 311 about the strange suds washing up on Beach 10 Street. The call was forwarded to the city’s Health and Mental Hygiene Department to check for possible contamination.

Then, Parks got involved. The agency released a statement on Tuesday, in response to the reports of wads of suds washing up along the shoreline between Beach 9 and Beach 10 Streets on Sunday.

“With Spring making its debut this week, the rising temperatures result in blooming on land and in the water,” said a spokesperson for the agency. “Sea foam is frequently the result of the agitation of sea water that contains proteins and fats, derived from offshore algal blooms, that saponify (same root as soap), bubbling like detergent.”



Apparently there is no danger to these seagulls that were swimming in and drinking the foamy water found last weekend along Rockaway’s shore. Apparently there is no danger to these seagulls that were swimming in and drinking the foamy water found last weekend along Rockaway’s shore.

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