Perranporth beach lost a “million tonnes of sand” during the winter storms

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Perranporth-lost-million-tonnes-sand-winter/story-22962096-detail/story.html

“Perranporth lost about a million tonnes of sand, while nearby St Ives has gained.”

““So far we haven’t seen much recovery,” said Prof Masselink, professor of coastal geomorphology at Plymouth University.”

There are certainly a lot more exposed rocks around Chapel Rock, at the foot of the Droskyn rocks and other areas of the beach.

The sea spills into Perranporth

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A combination of big tides, at the same time as big swell and lots of rainfall is meaning that waves are breaking over the sea front wall and leading to other flooding in the lower bit of Perranporth village.

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But a great turn out by the community with sand bag filling & distribution etc. alleviated a lot of the damage (it would have otherwise been worse).

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The ecofab team are back on site, which has held up fine, despite the wind and rain over the last few weeks and the last weekend in particular.

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Elsewhere in Cornwall, some of the cliff locations like Sennen have had some truly massive waves:

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BIG waves

A weekend of building swell to amazing huge Sunday waves along the north coast of Cornwall.

This shot by Ali, off Droskyn.

And this amazing shot down at Perran Sands (the other end of Perranporth beach) by  www.surfzup.net, and put on Magic Seaweed.

and down at Gwithian where Mike & Khalil went surfing
(while Dave, Debbie, Lisa & myself went to Hayle where they were smaller !)

and this great composite shot by James Richardson:

Basking sharks

Saw my first basking shark of the season on Saturday.

In the sea, within a mile of Silver Spray, swimming along under our stand up paddle boards.
It was about 11 foot long.

A second flat water trip on Sunday, saw another one. So it looks like their annual drift up the Cornish coast has begun.

We also saw either plenty of seals or the same one kept following us (which is what it looked like).

Both were heading north, so they will have gone past Perranporth beach within an hour of going past us.

 

 

A seal just in front of the board as we went through a tunnel.

 

People really do like to be beside the seaside !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17743980

The songs and postcards appear to be right – a study suggests we really do like to be beside the seaside.

The study of 2,750 people presented to the British Psychological Society examined the effects of different types of outdoor environments on people.

Researchers found the bracing seaside air had a more positive effect than the countryside or an urban park.

Researcher Mathew White said it could reflect an “innate preference” for the sights and sounds of water.