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The Sea And It's Dangers

The mystery of the the sea and it's tides.

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The rocks at Annerley Cove

The sun faded on the horizon and the pools filled up with fresh sparkling seawater. Never realised that the tide would separate me from the beach that evening, on holiday at the coast.

The gulls cried in the distance and spray from the waves fell like mist on my hair. There I sat with the wind tugging at my blouse without a care in the world. Staring out to sea I could see the fishing boats making there way into shore, across the dusky horizon .

The water was swirling and gushing silently behind me, filling up all the spaces and covering the rocks that I had pranced across barefooted and fancy free, an hour earlier.

That is one thing about the sea, you can easily lose track of time and space. Something startled me and I looked around to see the lighthouse keeper, beckoning me to come back up the beach. Friendly old soul who always had time for others and kept a look out for the silly holidaymakers who came once a year to the cove at Annerley.

Better get back as soon as I could and waded knee high across the pools to higher ground.

I thought that lighthouse keepers only looked out for boats lost at sea.Obviously I was wrong on that one!

The beach and it's highs and lows

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When Not To Go Swimming - in the sea



There are certain times when your safety is at risk when entering the big blue ocean for a swim.

  • After heavy rains when the sea is muddy from a river nearby. Sharks have been known to feed on the debris, that lands up in the sea. Shark attacks are more prevalent in such conditions.
  • Keep clear of the areas on the coast where there are rip currents, that could easily sweep you out to sea. If you observe them from the shore it is easy to see the fast moving water and the pattern it makes, as it sweeps out to sea.
  • They say that swimming early in the morning and at dusk is a bad time to swim. It is said that sharks tend to feed more at these times.
  • Try not to swim when you can see many blue bottles and jelly fish floating around.Nothing worse than being stung by one of these. More painful than you think.

Do you heed the warnings by the life savers on the beach?

Who can resist a walk and swim at the beach. Be cautious

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Comments

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on October 12, 2020:

Brenda,

Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I agree, sharks could be frightening to encounter. Easy to watch them on the T.V. Not so in reality!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 12, 2020:

Diana,

I love to sit along the beach and observe. Maybe even take a walk along the shore.

But I really don't think I want to see the eyes of a shark or step on a jellyfish.

Your article is quite good.

Thank you for sharing .

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on September 18, 2020:

Yes Peggy. The sea has fun filled activities and also hidden dangers. I think of Steve Erwin who was pierced by a stingray, which took his life. A terrible accident. One has to be cautious when venturing into the great blue ocean.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2020:

Those are good tips to know about dangers in the sea. My brother once got stung by a jellyfish, and it was very painful!

In our part of the world we are in the midst of a very active hurricane season. There have already been several that have done severe damage in places along the Gulf of Mexico coastline. With the warmer waters of the Gulf, they seem to be getting stronger these days.

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 07, 2020:

Thanks Jeremiah. Enjoy your day.

JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on August 07, 2020:

Nice

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 07, 2020:

Thanks John. My Dad taught us a lot about the sea and what to look out for, when venturing into the deep.

He was a great boatman and deep sea fisherman.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 07, 2020:

Nice safety warnings here, Diana. The beach is a wonderful place to spend time but the sea commands much respect. You did well to list the dangers.