Lines in the Sand

Human beings feel the urge to leave signs of their presence in nature. When I was a child, it was common to carve one’s name (or a heart and a girl’s name) into the bark of a tree. Now people use spray cans to tell everyone that “Johnny was here”. Some put whole cities into the middle of the countryside.

All of this is damaging to the environment.

The least damaging way to leave your name may be to write it in the sand, where it will last for a few hours at best, about to be washed away by the eternal movement of the oceans. Not only ecologically sound, but also a reminder of our transience.

I wonder if people actually did this before they could snap photos of it, but now they do it a lot.

sand guy writing

sand Dorina

sand SOS

But – I am sorry to tell you – you have to stop doing this! Please!

This writing in the sand is not as harmless as it seems. The beach is not yours, it’s the home of many different animals, among them turtles. As you know, turtles crouch along on the ground and cannot see very far. If they stumble across one of these lines that you drew in the sand, they get completely disoriented. Even worse, they sometimes trip over them and fall over:

turtle_upside_downHelpless like this, they either slowly dry out under the scorching sun or they get eaten by foxes or hyaenas. – You may think that your name in the sand is cute or romantic, but you are killing turtles.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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