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Having spent most of my life within a couple of miles of the beach in pretty windy areas, I have learned some tried and tested things you can do (although I have never found it much of an issue in any case) Always point the opening of your tent downwind so sand doesn't blow in. This will prevent the majority of your sand-related problems. Keep sand from ...


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If possible, don't pitch your tent on the sand - get back a bit into some vegetation. Then apply these strategies: set up your cook area well out of traffic and impose a strict no-running rule anywhere near the cook area. keep lids on everything you cook, to keep sand out keep a clean plate near the stove to put in-use (wet, sand can stick to) items like ...


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The suds are caused by protein. Protein is usually consumed by the nitrogen cycle and finally plant life, but if there is enough water churning by wind and white caps and breaking waves it can froth up and dry out and get blown away and get trapped a gyre where is eventually melts back down into the water. Sometimes it gets blown into a beach as you've seen. ...


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The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) gives two reasons for keeping beaches dark at night when sea turtles are laying or hatching. The first reason the STC gives is that a nesting turtle likes quiet, dark beaches. If she cannot find such a spot after several attempts, she will choose a less than ideal spot to lay her eggs, and perhaps even lay them in the ocean. ...


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This looks like decommissioned harbor mines. At the end of World War II many were removed from river mouths & harbors. Once set out you can not use them again, so they removed the explosive & primer, then dumped the rest close to the place where it had been decommissioned. They were deactivated, then thrown on the beach. This one is too rusty to ...


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No, gulls (of some species at least) steal food from other birds by moving them until they drop it. They must then be adept at snatching the falling food in mid air. There's material of interest in the Wikipedia article on seabirds - search for kleptoparasitism, reference 23 looks particularly interesting. The article on mobbing also hints in this ...


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Private camping is both allowed and nice on Masonboro Island which is North of Carolina Beach, NC and south of Wrightsville Beach, NC. You are close to civilization but the island is only reachable by boat which cuts down on the population - especially on weekdays and during off season. I don't know if you consider this Mid-Atlantic since it would be quite a ...


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What you're seeing is a huge washing up of tuna crabs, Pleuroncodes planipes, which has created "red beach" all up and down the California shoreline, as well as other states. It's not an uncommon occurrence farther South, and is quite frequent in Baja and along the Mexican coast. There are some interesting scientific theories as to the cause, the changing ...


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I assume you mean the little clams you get on the beach (Part of the Bivalvia group?) rather than bigger beasts like razors, scallops, mussels, or oysters. You could plop it in a pool of water, it would likely do better, but they will often survive when left, it's part of their daily cycle living in the sand. In the same way seaweed drys out and survives ...


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I think a reasonable guess would be jellyfish larvae, also known as "sea lice." Sea lice are actually the microscopic larvae of jellyfish and other ocean stingers which contain the same nematocysts (stinging cells) as mommy and daddy. (They) are probably the most commonly encountered stinging threat to divers and swimmers at the beach. There's a ...


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They do make a balloon tire a wide one for bikes just for beach riding. That is the way to go on the beach. Takes a wide rim. See often in the Philippines & bikes made for beach & sand ridding. Gear low sand has a lot of drag even with beach or sand tires.


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For practical purposes, rarity is beyond difficult to answer. Sure there may be a biological survey buried somewhere in some journal, but specific topics like that don't get much traction outside of small specialized communities of biologists. For a heuristic, I have used a combination of google images and pricing. For google images there are certainly ...


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There is one thing about tents in general (well, at least I don't know any exception) - they are absolutely not waterproof!. The outer part simply soaks with water and leads it down to the ground. But if you touch it - you have a rain inside. It's just like touching the surface of the umbrella from the below. So there is one thing you must take very ...


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I'm not familiar with your specific tent, but you typically don't block ventilation in a double walled tent. The outer rain fly will collect condensation from your own breathing and the tent needs to breath to reduce it. You also need to seal the seams on a tent if the factory doesn't do it for you, and sometimes even when they do. You can find lots of ...


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If you are into sport climbing, Thailand has got to be the place. Specifically, check out Krabi or Railay, also anywhere that offers deep water soloing. The downside to Thailand is that you'll spend half the year looking for rock that isn't wet (i.e. during rainy season).


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Yes wet sand is easier. Start in a low gear and see what works. You want weight back - arms straight and head back. Bigger tires are better. Riding in soft sand is hard. As in difficult and tiring. Note that sand and saltwater is hard on a bike.


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I never tried parasailing but I will not recommend any sport that might put excessive pressure on the belly of a pregnant woman. The amniotic fluid only protects against moderate pressures by decreasing the intensity of the pressure. Last but not least, there have been a number of fatalities. I definitely agree with Rory Alsop, it is not a safe sport. ...


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I go camping in the sand all the time. (see Rainbow Beach, QLD, Australia) The two best things to have are. Small dustpan/brush - (or just the brush really). Use it to wipe dry sand off your feet before going into the tent, and as you're packing up, wipe things down. Shade cloth - Used as a ground sheet at the door of your tent, or other areas of camp. ...


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This is really just a hypothesis, but here in the UK we also get mixed wader flocks. A significant reason for large/mixed flocks to occur is predation. Watch out for what happens when a large flock of waders (almost by definition very exposed on the ground) spots a falcon. They scatter in every direction, not maintaining a straight line for any time at all. ...


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It looks like it will depend on the beach, some beaches have restrictions on where you can launch, some don't and some do not allow kayaks or paddles sports. It would probably be easiest to ask the park department which beaches allow kayaks or you could go through the list and see if a particular beach allows it.


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Sea foam, ocean foam, beach foam, or spume is a type of foam created by the agitation of seawater, particularly when it contains higher concentrations of dissolved organic matter (including proteins, lignins, and lipids) derived from sources such as the offshore breakdown of algal blooms. -- Wikipedia (2016-07-25): Sea foam Human waste can be a ...


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In my experience, beaches that are less protected are the ones which have the most items washing up on them. For example, in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, many items arrive from Japan because there is no land in between those places, whereas on the east side of the island, there is almost nothing washing up from Japan because there is so much ...


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This really depends on what your situation is. You want to fish from the shore, so how bad is the surf? The bigger the waves, the larger the weight. Also, you could use lead like this. The "arms" help the lead to dig into the sand, and then turn over once you put some pressure on them and reel it in. This way, since fish hook themself once they take the ...


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Salt, sand and moisture are a bad combo for anything and everything. The salty sea air will wreak havoc on all your gear over time. You won't have to worry about it too much just for occasional use, but I would recommend at least rinsing your tent with fresh water before storing it away. There are impregnatng agents and cleaners that you can buy that are ...


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I have always have a fresh tray/wide container of clean water (endless supply of sea) that I step into next to plastic camping mats and then have a dark coloured towel inside the tent step onto and dry off. Feet are nice and clean. Having a washing station or spare clean water near by helps. I always carry a bucket of water coming from the beach. I have a ...


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My experience relates to Common Dolphin, but likely applies to dolphins of other species, too. Although dolphin may be seen at any time, you are most likely to see them in proximity to food. So if their prey is migratory, they may follow the prey to some extent; they may also change prey as different fish are available at different times of year. Here in ...


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The ocean floor is almost entirely undisturbed by waves - What you are finding comes from the coastal littoral. You can gain some general estimates from direction and strength of storms, but the movement of the sea is chaotic overall. Oceanographers can make general statistical predictions, but there is just too much to track. Read this article on the 28,...


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This boils down to who owns the land. To quote Liam's answer from this question: The land between the high water mark and the low water mark is owned by the crown (crown reserves) in UK law. (ref) The land above the high water mark is owned by land owners, this may also be the crown if it's common land etc. Any land owned by private land owners is ...


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