When the sea is boiling, hammering the rocks and just generally pounding the coast, we see people all the time standing far enough away to where they feel safe from all that frothy fury. But are they really back far enough? When the waves are coming in, they often hide what’s inside them – including thousand pound logs!
Notice where the logs and other debris landed. They were brought up and over the rocks to points where it’s common to see people standing around marveling at the awesome power of the sea. When those waves roar in, with their full load of logs, only those who start running early have a chance of escaping serious injury or even death.
It’s natural to want to be close to such power. But as we see every year here on the coast, whether it’s an over-enthusiastic photographer or a coastal novice, neither has enough appreciation for the deadly power of the waves. They’re just too far into the excitement of the moment. For too many, it’s the last moment of their lives.
At the beach, look at those waves as if they were giant African lions. Because they are.
Stay back. Stay alive.