Late last week, strange sponge-like clumps began washing ashore in northern France. By the weekend, thousands of the foamy yellow balls were seen along nearly 20 miles of the coastline. Local authorities aren’t sure where the unsightly stuff is coming from, and an investigation is currently underway.
Weather’s a bitch. Back in 1984, a vicious storm stripped the sand off of a picturesque beach in northwest Ireland. And then, around Easter, a freak tide brought it all back. Locals seem thrilled.
Using a new computer model, scientists predict that upwards of 67 percent of Southern California beaches could be severely damaged by rising sea levels in the next 80 years.
Visitors to Hong Kong’s beaches have taken to various social media channels to voice their outrage about the current state of the region’s beaches. Judging by the accompanying photos, they look more like trash oases than relaxing paradises.
This makes stepping on a jellyfish seem like no big deal: A beachgoer found a mysterious cylindrical hunk of sea-worn metal washed up on the shore at St. Pete Beach, Florida. It turned out to be a barnacle-covered M122 photoflash bomb from World War II, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Trolleys once rivaled the crashing surf in the soundscape of Southland beaches. Along much of the Southern California coast from Santa Monica to Redondo and from Long Beach to Newport, a red dot—a distant Pacific Electric car—would appear down the shore. As it neared, the click-clack of the wheels moving over the…
These photos by Bernhard Lang look less like people enjoying a beach trip and more like they belong on Things Organized Neatly. Perhaps by a very anal giant.
Antoine Rose shoots photographs from the air. He shoots them hanging off the edge of a helicopter thousands of feet above ground—in wind, in subzero temperatures, in the dark. But sometimes the conditions are just right for a day at the beach, and Rose captures these surreal, candy-colored images of the sand and…
As summer rolls in with its heat and its sun, we're all thinking of fleeing toward the beaches. For New Yorkers, that could soon be a beach on a reclaimed barge, floating along the Hudson River. Could it actually work? We talked to City Beach's structural engineer to find out.
For those who've seen it—and photographs don't do it justice—the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay is one of the world's most spectacular natural sights. Tiny plankton known as dinoflagellates light up the water like a glow stick at night. But since January, the glow has faded, throwing the entire Puerto Rican town into a…
There's a great, bloody shark war going on in Western Australia right now. After six deaths in two years—making Western Australia the deadliest place on earth for shark attacks—the state has ratcheted up its side of the war by deciding to kill sharks. Lots of 'em. Any shark within one kilometer of the beach will be…
If you've ever struggled to keep your drinks in their receptacle at the beach, this concept will have your pretty excited: Screw Cup is a mug that can be driven into the ground to help it stay upright.
It's summer, which means we can all stop complaining how cold it is and start complaining how hot it is. It also means beaches, swimsuits, and s'mores.
Kool-aid. Sunscreen. Swass. It's summer, that time we dream about all year, only to bitch about when it's finally here. And for this week's Shooting Challenge, capture the feeling of summer, in a single frame.
It's been seven months since Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York City-area beaches, decimating facilities like lifeguard stations and changing rooms, and it's been a race against the clock to get the beaches back in shape for the summer season. As part of the rebuilding effort, Garrison Architects were tapped to create…
Keeping Alicante's miles of shoreline pristine for the multitudes of beachgoers that congregate to the Mediterranean city every year is no small feat—what with all the seaweed that washes up there. Problem is, the city's existing seaweed mitigation techniques end up eroding the beaches they're meant to clean. This…
For most sunbathers a towel, a bottle of lotion, and some sunglasses are all they need for a day at the beach. But with every activity there's always that one person who has to do overdo it, and they'll be easy to spot dragging around this 22-pound transforming monstrosity of a lounge chair.
Given that sand finds its way into every nook and cranny of your person when you go for a swim, the prospect of dining on the beach is even less appealing. So what possessed artist Victor Castanera to create a series of plaster-based dinnerware cast from the natural contours of a sandy beach?
Sometimes change is a good thing, as is demonstrated by the simple updates Numen made to the classic folding deck chair found on swanky cruise ships around the world. A new 'X' design not only adds an optional sun shade, but also handy pockets for storing drinks and sunscreen.
From February to April, a 2-month span, 877 dead dolphins and porpoises have been found on the beaches of northern Peru. The problem? No one knows why. It could be a virus. It could be an infection. It could be seismic oil exploration. It could be air guns. It could be nothing?