In spite of the fact that many marine observers are aware that sea water has a remarkable foaming capacity, there has not been any scientific study of this subject. However, the foaming capacity may be of considerable importance in oceanography. For instance, there must be an intimate relation between the Beaufort scale and the foaming of sea water, since there is no doubt that aspects of white waves generated on the sea by winds largely depend on this effect.
Miyake, Yasuo, and Tomosaburo Abe. 1948. "A study on the foaming of sea water Part I." Journal of Marine Research 7, (2). https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/journal_of_marine_research/652