The Monsters Under Your Beach Towel

Source: Hakai Magazine/Adrienne Mason - March 23, 2016 in Adventure

The Monsters Under Your Beach Towel
Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the flash, bling, and bizarro of Times Square—it is the big and iconic that demand our attention. But it is in the spaces around these show-offs—the alleys and cafes, the thrift shops and playgrounds—where the true nature of a city plays out. “The action most worth watching,” the essayist Anne Fadiman writes, “is not at the center of things, but where edges meet.”

On a bucolic beach, the dipping Sun or a raucous eagle or the misty blast of a distant whale catches the eye, but most of the action is taking place beneath the beach blanket, in the interstitial spaces where sand meets water.

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Hakai MagazineHakai Magazine explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective. The magazine is part of the Tula Foundation and Hakai Institute family. While proudly independent, Hakai Magazine shares the same philosophies as the Tula Foundation, celebrating exploration, discovery, and science. The name Hakai is inspired by the Hakai Lúxvbálís Conservancy, the largest protected marine area on the west coast of Canada, located about 400 kilometers north of Vancouver.


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