16th January 2019 by

Posted in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Summer, Wales

20 Fun Facts About The Beach

How many of these amazing facts about the beach did you know?

  1. The air at the beach is negatively ionised. Studies have shown that negatively ionised air contributes to serotonin production in your brain, that it can help to treat seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D), and that it has an antimicrobial effect on the air that you breathe.
  2. Swimming costumes were made from wool until around the 1930’s. It’s main flaw was that it sagged when it got wet.
  3. The first Ironman was held in 1974, and it had a grand total of 15 competitors! Ironman Wales is now held in Pembrokeshire, and we love seeing the thousands of swimmers cascading into the sea at Tenby North beach.
  4. Beaches need our help. Waste on our beaches and in our seas is becoming a catastrophic problem for coasts all around the world. Take part in a beach clean, donate to marine conservation charities, and carefully inspect your shopping and waste habits. Plastic is the biggest culprit. Try to buy loose fruit and vegetables, and avoid buying something in excessive packaging. Confectionery, toys and cosmetics are good areas to focus on. Take responsibility for our coastlines to protect our incredible wildlife and to preserve its beauty for future generations.
  5. There are over 11,000 types of seaweed. 700 of those are found in Wales. Multi award-winning Cafe Mor
    at Freshwater West harvest laverbread, a traditional welsh cuisine of seaweed and use it in loads of their seriously delicious food-van dishes.
  6. Seaweed is now considered a superfood. Edible varieties of seaweed like dulse are chock full of omega 3, omega 6, iron, protein, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium and zinc.
  7. The first records sandcastle competitions are from the 19th Century. Building sandcastles was almost certainly going on a long time before that, though.
  8. Wales has 47 Blue Flag beaches, that’s more than any other area of the UK. 11 of those are in Pembrokeshire – woohoo!
  9. It can take millions of years for sand to be formed from shells, rocks or minerals.
  10. The word beach is thought to derive from a dialectal survival of Old English word ‘bece’ which means “stream”, which in turn is thought to have come from proto-Germanic ‘bakiz’, about 500BC.
  11. There are more historical artefacts underwater than in all the museums in the world.
  12. The first report of surfing was documented by Joseph Banks whilst aboard the HMS endeavour around 1770, in Polynesia. It’s likely it was going on a long time before European explorers poked their noses in though.
  13. The tide comes in and out two times a day. Pembrokeshire has some of the highest tides in Europe, which is why you might have 9 metres of sand in the morning and none 6 hours later!
  14. The world’s longest mountain chain, the Mid-Ocean Ridge is underwater. It’s 65,000 kilometres in distance.
  15. Sea birds can drink sea water! Birds like seagulls and puffins have built-in desalination filters connected to their bills that enable them to drink salty sea water.
  16. Over 70% of the worlds oxygen comes from the ocean. It is produced by marine plants like algae.
  17. The best time to spot dolphins and porpoise is on the pushing tide. Places like headlands are good spots to go to. Never pursue these animals by boat. If they want to play they will come to you.
  18. Less than 5% of the worlds oceans have been explored.
  19. The Pembrokeshire coastline is 186 miles long. You can walk all of it on the world famous Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
  20. You can see bioluminescent plankton in Wales. Bioluminescent plankton looks like tiny little L.E.D bulbs in the water. They are common in Pembrokeshire, but not many people have seen them as they require a dip in the sea in the dark. The best time to see them is around September when the water is at its warmest. Only do this in calm seas and ensure your safety first.