Broken shells

Perhaps there is nothing more heartwarming than watching a young child run along the beach excitedly pointing out all the fabulous creatures and seashells that can be found along the seashore, and gathering up seashells. In many a child’s treasure chest, seashells adore a highly cherished place.

Even under the pretext of handing over to their kids later, many adults too pick a shell or two while they are at the beach. Act of picking a shell brings them untold memories from the hidden box of mind. The charm of a seashell could span from a mere souvenir to the sum of all reminiscences of the sea.


Now most of the shells might be broken and the rest, faded. But that would never bring the value of the treasure down in a child’s eyes…

Builders and developers extend the ground to the sea. Sandy beaches are a distant memory these day… even in the island country of Bahrain.


Fishing from the land


Freshly caught fish has become a rare commodity these days. Fishermen had complained about the polluted waters of the lake and the constant movement of international and naval vessels that disturb the fishes. But a few determined folks sure would ensure a decent catch using a ‘Cast net’ or ‘Throw net’. One can also see a Chinese net in the background…

Lake meets the Sea

Veli Tourist village (8°30’33″N 76°53’21″E) , sandwiched between the Veli lagoon and the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram, is an ideal place to see the lake meeting the Arabian Sea. During monsoon season, the locals keep a close eye on the water level of the fresh water lake. As the level climbs, they are ready with showels to remove a tiny line of sea-sand that separates the sea from the lagoon away. Rest is taken care of by the huge sea waves and the rising waters of Veli lake. Imbibing in the colourful sunset from the floating restaurant maintained by the State Tourism Department should be the highlight of the trip.


Sea shells of Seef

Walking along the beach picking up seashells and sealife has been enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world. There is nothing more heartwarming than watching a young child run along the beach for hours on end excitedly pointing out all of the fabulous creatures and seashells that can be found along the seashore, and gathering up seashells to listen into.

The beach near Seef west-end, although strewn with rocks, are one place to visit on serene Friday mornings. Water is cool normally and one can actually see the tide coming in.

Shells are aplenty, which makes it a haven for the daughter, 10, who carries a load of them back home only to be thrown away by the ‘Internal Affairs’.

Many people pick up a seashell or two while on vacation at the beach. It makes a nice inexpensive memento of their vacation. The problems do not occur until they realize that if not cleaned properly, seashells can have a devastating effect. Many times seashells actually look considerably nicer without any algae and barnacles covering them. The natural color of seashells are often quite different from what you find at the beach. A good cleaning is all that is needed to bring this out and destroy any odors the seashells might have.


Driftwood is wood that has been washed onto a shore or beach of a sea or river by the action of winds, tides, waves or man. In some waterfront areas, driftwood is a major nuisance. But not for the collectors and artistically inclined. However, the driftwood provides shelter and food for birds, fish and other aquatic species as it floats in the ocean. Gribbles, shipworms and bacteria decompose the wood and gradually turn it into nutrients that are reintroduced to the food web. Sometimes, the partially decomposed wood washes ashore, where it also shelters birds, plants, and other species. Driftwood can become the foundation for sand dunes.

Burning driftwood can produce polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs), which are carcinogenic. For this reason burning driftwood is not recommended. The formation of PCDDs is well documented when organic compounds are combusted in the presence of chlorine, which is present in driftwood as a result of soaking in seawater.