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Dutch Beachcombers – A Dying Breed

Dutch Beachcombers - A Dying Breed
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Dutch beachcombers are a dying breed. In the past, objects would regularly wash ashore on the beaches of the long Dutch coast and the Wadden islands in the north of the Netherlands. But modern shipping, fast rescue boats, and helicopters mean that fewer and fewer objects wind up on Dutch beaches. Beachcombers speak with nostalgia and pride about their hobby. Photo Credit: ingridtaylar via Flickr.

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6:48PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

This article made me sad. When I first moved to Florida, I loved walking on the beaches to find shells. Now I have quite a few of the most beautiful collections from this simple pleasure.

9:08PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Jim W. These days, you might be sorrowfully disappointed and yet there is hope...Try Antarctic.

There is a wonder that occurs tin the southern region, it takes years, decades for refuse to penetrate the currents of the Antarctic, but prepare to bundle up, it is might cold down there.

9:01PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Mary L, Your correct, they call it FaceBook and it is a farce. 



We all owe so much to the Japanese Tsunami, it brought our families together through beach combing and helped to fill our closets with more JUNK.



Green Stars to Diarmuid H. You turned a jaded mans heart into one of pure youth, your remembrance of your early years was so utterly real...you took my there and I thank you.

My sorrows for the things that you have been forced to come to know and realize...but it is the hand of man, but know this, it was not your hand, your words are too close to the hand and heart of God to have created such misery and harm.

8:59PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Mary L, Your correct, they call it FaceBook and it is a farce.

We all so much to the Japanese Tsunami, it brought our families together through beach combing and helped to fill our closets with more JUNK.

Green Stars to Diarmuid H. You turned a jaded mans heart into one of pure youth, your remembrance of your early years was so utterly real...you took my there and I thank you.
My sorrows to the things that you have been forced to come to know and realize...but it is the hand of man, but know this, it was not your hand, your words are too close to the hand and heart of God to have created such misery and harm.

1:08AM PDT on May 26, 2012

Ah Connemara! We too went into the West every Summer when the kids were younger.They loved it. My favourite memory is of the stars-so clear (except of course when it was pouring dow.and I think it must have been the rock pools near Carraroe that inspired the eldest to read Marine Biology later.

3:04PM PDT on May 25, 2012

I have always loved beach combing too.we used to go on holiday to whatbwe called "the wild west!" in Ireland, a place called Clifton.in those days there was nobody, not a soul on the miles and miles of white sandy beaches! It was a childs dream...mybtwin brother and inused to roam for six or seven hours, collecting strange things, shells, wizened wood. Even flattened lead, which we discovered later was from one of the three prop planes that the Irish airforce consisted of then! They used the wild huge beach for shooting practice! One day we ventured further than ever and saw somethingvwierd in the distance, black and big! When we got to it we discovered that it was a half decomposed whale of some sort. That was an education in it's self. I always remember the huge bones half exposed and tried to pullmone free to bring home, but it was way to big! We were amazed, it made a big impression on us!
Many years later I went to the same area and was so disgusted at all the plastic boxes, huge fishing lines,nets and bits off huge tankers amid all the flotsam and jetsam, wild plants and flowers. Much of it washed off fishing boats in the Atlantic storms there, but most thrown in to the big beautiful seas.
Nobody does anything about it, all the yachts, ships, trawlers, tankers. All their rubbish goes over the side. It's unbelievable and sheer laziness and not being made to have incinerators onboard the ships...let alone washing out their tanks and dumping of massively dangerous chemi

1:58PM PDT on May 25, 2012

They should book a vacation to the US and help pick up everything from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

10:40AM PDT on May 25, 2012

thanks

9:34AM PDT on May 25, 2012

thanks

8:00AM PDT on May 25, 2012

I wish Kansas was anywhere near a beach...

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