LIFESAVERS will always have their eyes on the beach.
Even when it's closed and covered in foam.
The "winter wonderland" that invaded Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba this week captured the attention and imagination of people across the world.
Hundreds stopped by the foam phenomenon, whipped up by ocean waves created by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, to capture it on camera.
Thousands of stills and videos went on the web. British tabloids splashed frothy pictures and stories, and the Polish national radio network talked to the Daily about how the Coast recovered. Some of the best photos came from 19-year-old Little Mountain photographer Caillin Malley.
Like hundreds of others, he heard about the foam on Sunday, grabbed his camera and drove out to see it with his own eyes.
"The traffic was hectic, so I figured it must be cool," he said. "I could see it even as I walked towards the beach."
He snapped two lifesavers guarding a closed Alex beach, keeping a watchful eye over the foaming beach.
His most famous photo though, of a group of teens sitting in the bus stop among the foam, went viral.
As of last night, it had more than 4780 likes and had been shared 573 times.
"I just saw some boys playing in the foam and when they sat down at the bus stop I yelled 'Quick, hail the bus'," Mr Malley said.