When it comes to living in a beach environment, there are many things you will need to know. For one thing, sand is important for good sea life. Without sand, there would not be beaches. It also provides a habitat for fish, shellfish, sea anemones, corals, and other marine creatures. The anemones are important because they help filter the water for animal pollination.
Sand is also used for protection from erosion. Sand can move long distances, carried along wind and waves by the tides. The beach deposits can go thousands of miles, carrying shells along with them. As the tide arrives, such as it does with each cycle of the year, it also deposits more sand. Eventually, this sand may contain shells from all over the world, including those brought in by storm surges.
Storm waves can also erode the sands, taking away what precious little sand lies underneath. If the beaches do not have enough sand for the tides to carry, the waves will erode rocks that lie in the surf. Rocks can be washed away and end up in the ocean, where they can further be eroded.
Beach pebbles are important for beaches, too. When sand is swept away from the beach, often the pebbles are left behind. These pebbles can be piled high on the ground or placed in a wheelbarrow to be transported away. If you want to save the pebbles you find on the beach, you should look for shingle beach bags that keep these pebbles off the ground and out of harm’s way. Some beach bags come equipped with wheels and others are designed to push the pebbles into the sand by themselves. A shingle beach bag can also make finding your lost pebbles easy, since it is likely labeled with its shape and size.
Finally, the tides can cause problems. Many beaches are only accessible during certain times of the day, which makes it difficult to get to during a bad wave. In addition, if a beach is blocked by high tide, more waves could flood the sand if the waves reach the beach. Again, using a bag with suction cups attached is an excellent way to protect these beaches from damage. You can even find some beach bags that help break up the waves before they reach the beach, so the pebbles are not smashed against the rocks or toward the surf.
Seaweed and crab shells have also been found in the sand of many beaches. This is not a problem if you plan on visiting the beaches at night, as the shells are not harmful to your skin. However, when you visit beaches at different times of the day, these shells can block the view or erode the beach. You might want to avoid visiting these beaches at night, when they are less populated, as these shells can be unsightly and hard to clean.