Posted by: mynaturaldiary | October 12, 2014

Beach

Sandsend at low tide offers a wonderful walk on the beach that is 4 km/2.5 miles long, ending at Whitby pier. So there and back, with a sojourn for soggy chips is 5 miles. The beach is flat, and the ebbing tide leaves plenty of standing water and pools to explore.

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Even the kelp bathes in the pools.

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Seaweed clings to the rocks and pebbles.

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The water from the land runs off to the sea, forming mini rivers en route.

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This sparkles, reflecting the sunlight.

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and drains away.

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Close to Whitby, coal dust appears on the sands.

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By Whitby pier, a hungry Herring Gull eyes up the chips, but they aren’t for sharing.

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Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

Walking back along the beach, the tide turns, and the sea begins its endless minuet with the shoreline.

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