“Another stretch of coast was placed off-limits to the public in Long Beach a week later after a wave of tar balls washed up there, and swarms of oil blobs have come ashore.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/23/us-usa-california-oilspill-idUKKBN0P30D120150623)
To counter the massive rate of human-induced extinction, we’re animating crude creatures.
“As beaches disappear, countries are turning to increasingly expensive sand replenishment programmes which dump thousands of tonnes of dredged sand on existing, eroded beaches. But these artificial beaches usually erode at least twice as fast as natural beaches. … Eventually and inevitably beach replenishment will stop either as sand or money runs out.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/15/worlds-beaches-being-washed-away-coastal-development)
The time-frame for beach erosion can be reliably measured using an egg-timer.
“Environment Secretary goes down on the beach to reveal plans on tackling marine litter.” (http://www.mcsuk.org/scotland/Working+with+you/Working+with+you/Scottish+Marine+Litter+Strategy+launched)
Edinburgh’s Portobello area is renown for revealing all sorts.
“Pebbles from the beach were being pinged across the seawall and on to neighbouring streets.” (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/07/uk-floods-chesil-beach-sirens)
The celestial pebble dash will be a new weather warning icon from the Met Office.