Natural patterns and texture in floating seafoam

Sea Foam at Yachats 3 – There is a link between Meerschaum pipes and sea foam. The name “meerschaum” translates as “sea foam” because the material from which these pipes are made, sepiolite, a kind of clay mineral, is often found floating on the surface of the sea. Sepiolite is also thought to resemble the texture of cuttlefish bones which also float.

7 Replies to “Sea Foam at Yachats 3”

  1. It can be – but mostly it is not. Seems in the main to be just the result of a lot of decomposition products from natural organic materials being shaken up by rough seas

  2. Gorgeous shot of the foam…it looks like a nebula cloud to me. I had no idea meerschaum pipes had such a connection to sea foam, I always think of them as the iconic tool of Sherlock Holmes as portrayed in old films.

  3. Thank you, Bespoke Traveler. I wonder what meerschaum/sepiolite would look like floating on the sea. I think you are more likely to see some on your travels than I would.

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