Sea foam nothing to froth about

Sea foam seen during the outgoing tide. Supplied photo.

White-wash spotted at the Wairoa River entrance to the Tauranga Harbour is being described as nothing out of the ordinary by the Regional Council.

Te Puna resident Jenny Hare says she has spotted the white-wash floating out during outgoing tide.

“We wonder whether something gets dumped into Wairoa then floats out as scum on an outgoing tide.”

SunLive contacted Bay of Plenty Regional Council with a photograph of the substance in the water.

Regulatory compliance officer Trudy Richards says it looks to be sea foam.

“Sea foam occurs in a lot of estuarine areas due to lack of mixing, with the tides washing the same water back in and out.

“As always if members of the public see pollution related incidents (including discharges to land, water and air) in the Bay of Plenty region, we advise them to call our 24/7 Pollution Hotline in the first instance.”


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