Sunset Beach: in the future, ocean will prevail

An alarming study, released last week, reveals that 70 percent of beaches on Maui, Kauai and Oahu are experiencing long-term erosion.


The study says 85 percent of beaches on Maui are eroding, while more than 70 percent on Kauai are eroding. The study says 60 percent of Oahu's beaches are eroding. Scientists studied more than 150 miles of island coastline, and essentially every beach.

While a small percentage of beaches had built up or stayed roughly the same, the average rate of coastal change was 0.4 feet of erosion per year from the early 1900s to 2000s.

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Bioluminescent waves: great for night surfing | Photo: Doug Perrine

Doug Perrine, a marine biology photographer, has captured stunning images of bioluminescent waves, in Vaadhoo Island, Maldives.

The spot holds a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton, much to the delight of photographers.

Various species of phytoplankton are known to bioluminesce, and when washed ashore by the tides, their chemical energy is turned into light energy, illuminating waves all over the world.

The biological process is ancient, natural and found around the world. If you've never seen it, it's most easily observed on nice, warm beaches after dark.

Surfing heron: enjoying a ride at the San Clemente Pier

While surfing at the San Clemente Pier on Thursday, Jeff Marder rescued a black crowned night heron that was dangling under the deck of the pier, eight to 10 feet above the water, entangled in a strand of old fishing line wrapped around a wooden beam.


Marder explained that in his 35 years of surfing he had never seen anything like it, and was thankful that once the bird was examined, the heron was found to be healthy.

"I was checking him to see if there was any fishing line still attached to him, and he snapped at me a couple of times," Marder said. "That's when I decided to submerge my board under him and gave him a solid place to stand and then proceeded to paddle him to shore.

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