Lorne Residents Frolic In Nature's Foamy Bubble Bath

By Meera Dolasia on June 21, 2012

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No matter how old one is, frolicking around in a bubble bath is always exciting. Now imagine if the bubbles were a couple of feet thick and extended out three miles into the open ocean - That, is exactly what the locals and tourists visiting Lorne in Victoria, Australia were able to experience on June 5th, 2012.

According to scientists, the foam is formed when powerful ocean currents churn together with impurities such as salts, chemicals, dead plants, decomposed fish and excretions from seaweed. The resulting bubbles that stick to one another, are carried to shore by the underwater ocean currents.  As waves form on the surface, the motion of the water causes the bubbles to swirl upwards, turning the entire ocean around into a giant bubble bath. Marine experts liken it to making a milkshake - the more powerful the churn, the thicker the foam!

The best part is that while it may not be the cleanest of bubble baths, it is perfectly safe to  swim in and frolic - Something, Lorne's body surfers know fully well since this phenomenon that they fondly call 'Foam Day', comes to town every three to five years. Did someone say lucky?

Resources: heraldsun.co.au, dailymail.co.uk

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  • bibliophile
    bibliophileSaturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:47 pm
    Cool... i want to visit there!!!
    • peacheslarue
      peacheslarueMonday, November 17, 2014 at 6:37 pm
      Bubble Bath!
      • dumbhumbugmum45
        dumbhumbugmum45Monday, May 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm
        any1 here like minecraft? very cool
        • dumbhumbugmum45
          dumbhumbugmum45Monday, May 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm
          Wow thats very cool
          • lunamoonamare
            lunamoonamareSaturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm
            Australia has all the the awesome stuff like the gold trees.
            • Snowy day Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 8:45 am
              Cool!
              • saturday7
                saturday7Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm
                lucky
                • epicepix
                  epicepixSaturday, September 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm
                  this would be fun to swim in too
                  • peacheslarue
                    peacheslarueMonday, November 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm
                    Ahem, i would hate to burst your BUBBLE but wat if u got it in ur mouth wait, who am i kidding i just wanted to say that?! Srry! LOLOLOLOL
                  • tigerlily1
                    tigerlily1Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm
                    omigod, giant bubble bath!!! i wish i were there!!!
                    • smallpixel
                      smallpixelMonday, August 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm
                      so many bubbles.......

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