animals
Fake Whales Stranded on Lincolnshire Beach

There's a charity in the UK called British Divers Marine Life Rescue, and one of the things it does is train people with an interest in how to save the lives of big things that wash up on beaches. The living things, not the shipping containers full of motorbikes. Read More >>

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What the Hell is this Sponge-Like Crap Washing Up on France’s Shores?

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. Read More >>

pollution
UK Beaches Are Covered In Nurdles

Nearly three-quarters of UK beaches are bestrewn with nurdles, it turns out. Read More >>

environment
Hong Kong’s Beaches Are Suddenly Covered in Rubbish and No One Knows Why

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. Read More >>

health
Tougher Tests to See English Beaches Fail Cleanliness Standards

New EU standards on sea water cleanliness may see a stack of English beaches lose their ratings as safe places to swim, with the likes of Blackpool, Ilfracombe and Lyme Regis possibly having to go so far as erecting signs saying the water's not clean enough to swim in, to meet EU rules. Read More >>

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The Plan to Build a Floating Beach That Travels Around NYC’s Shores

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. Read More >>

environment
A Town’s Famous Bioluminescent Bay is Going Dark and No One Knows Why

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 panic. Read More >>

environment
363 Tonnes of Rubbish Makes This Beach the Dirtiest in the World

This is how Shenzhen's Dameisha Beach—in China—looks at the end of the annual Dragon Boat Festival. Some 780,000 people dumped more than 362 tonnes of rubbish in just one weekend. It seems unreal that people can still relax surrounded by so much garbage, just imagining the stench makes me feel sick. Read More >>

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Australian Sharks Will Now Be Tweeting Their Locations

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 kilometre of the beach will be trapped and shot according to their controversial cull strategy. Remember, humans can be a vengeful species. Read More >>

art
A Plate Made of Sand Sounds Like an Awful Dining Experience

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? Read More >>

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Simple Design Update Makes the Classic Wooden Deck Chair Infinitely More Useful

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. Read More >>