Beaches around the world provide many essential functions besides their beauty and attractions for tourists. Without the buffer that beaches offer, many large waves during storms would pound coastal communities and cause billions in damages. They also help slow the winds, and they rush in from traveling across the oceans that provide little resistance. Here are some more critical reasons why beaches are important and why you should help save the beaches whenever possible.
Beaches Are Unique Habitats
There are hundreds of animals that need beaches to survive, not only for their food supply but also to lay their eggs. Many birds spend their entire lives running down to the surf and finding small sea creatures to eat and then running back to avoid the waves.
There are dozens of clams, oysters, crabs, snails and other animals that rely on the beaches for food, habitat, safety from predators, and breeding grounds for their young. Without the beach, many species would perish.
In addition to animals, there are also plant species that only grow on the beach. They are too easily buried by other plants farther inland but can accept the saltwater environment to avoid the competition. These plants, in turn, provide food and nutrients for various animals plus help hold the sand in place during high tides, storms, and other natural phenomena.
For Us Humans, Beaches Are Special
If you take the time to read any social media, you'll realize that a considerable portion of the human race likes long walks on the beach. Add to that, sitting on the beach and watching the waves roll in, and watching storms on the beach and you'll have half of all the people covered. The beach can be used to swim, boat, surf, sunbathe, bird watch, jog, build sand castles, and beach comb, to name a few pastimes.
People have always loved the beach. They drive many thousands of kilometers to get there and stay for the sunsets and waves for as long as they can.
What You Can Do To Help Save Your Beaches
Saving the beach can mean a lot of different things to different people. An engineer may be working to keep the beach from being washed away by ocean currents or storms. Other scientists might be concerned with water pollution and bacteria. However, for the average beachgoer, the most important thing to do is clean up after yourself and others.
Unfortunately, lots of people that go to the beach leave behind their garbage. Some garbage is quickly ground into organic matter, like paper, cardboard, and wood, but other items are not. Plastic, in all of its thousands of forms and types, is a horrible blight on the beaches and oceans of the world. Some plastics can take over 1,000 years to decompose. Meanwhile, millions of seabirds and ocean creatures are living with plastics in their guts, causing unknown problems for their species.
It's important always to take all of your own garbage back to the proper receptacle. Also, as you walk along, you should take as much of other peoples garbage as you can carry back with you as well. By being a concerned beachgoer, you can help save your favorite beach from the litter left by others, every little bit helps.