HIDING: Some animals like crabs go underground to avoid the extremes of unfriendly beach ecosystems
By Mary Margaret
SUN, sand and sea — what do these words mean to us? Do we think of holidays by the sea, seaside resorts, diving, snorkelling or walking into the sunset along a never-ending white sand beach?
Beaches, however, arehostile environments for plants, animals and other living creatures.
They change constantly with the tides rushing in and running; blowing sand; strong winds; and the creatures, which inhabit the transitional zones between land and water, have to adjust to the unvarying variation.