A freak snake-infested sea foam has been washing up on the beaches of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.
The thick foam can be formed spontaneously when seawater containing high concentrations of algae and other pollutants is churned up by stormy weather.
While sea foam is not in itself unusual the particularly dramatic foam covering on Australia’s northeastern shore has been described as "apocalyptic".
The unusually large and dense foam washing up on Australian beaches is concealing a large number of venomous sea snakes endemic to Australian waters as well as other, much weirder, secrets.
Nathan Fife, the Gold Coast lifesaving services supervisor at Surf Lifesaving Australia, told Guardian Australia: “There’s been trees and things like that have washed up. I think there was half a cow that washed up at the beach yesterday.”
“Health-wise it’s probably not great to let your kids play in it,” he added.
“Also the marine creatures that might get in it, like sea snakes.”
The largest species of sea snake can grow up to ten feet in length, and all of them are venomous.
Nathan said that swimmers should also be concerned about invisible riptides underneath the foam which could cause them to fall over or even be dragged far out to sea.
Last week, a dog named Hazel was briefly lost in the foam at Snapper Rocks on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Simon Richardson, mayor of Byron Shire, described the foam as “yet another extreme weather event coming on the back of climate change.”
Saying it was “the fourth or fifth” extreme weather event in the area over the past few years he said that the beach had been ruined by the storms and sea foam.
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