Tuesday, July 14th 2020, 12:35 pm - The foam was whipped up by the 100 km/h winds of a strong winter storm that has caused structural damage and flooding elsewhere in the region.
Were it not for the palm trees and people dressed in beachwear, the average Canadian might not think twice about the video above, looking as it does like just an ordinary winter scene.
However, though it does happen to be the middle of winter in Cape Town, South Africa, where the videos were shot, the thick white blanket covering much of the waterfront is not snow, but sea foam.
The spectacle happened on Monday in the city, and onlookers flooded social media with photos from the scene.
Aside from a handful of people brave enough to approach and take pictures, most of the waterfront appeared deserted and most traffic shut down.
The foam was whipped up by strong winds gusting up to 100 km/h as part of a winter storm that lashed the city beginning Sunday.
The foam was the least damaging part of that system, with structural damage and flooding reported in its wake, with 10-metre ocean swells expected. At the highest peaks, snowfall was reported, and the additional rain from this system fell on already saturated ground, worsening the flood situation, according to The South African newspaper.