North End

"The Boneyard"

Your first impression is, "This can't be a beach!"  The dirt is too dark.  The trees are so windblown and weird.
As you step onto the beach, you see that rocks have been placed there to slow the extensive erosion.  The trees have tipped over and lay at all angles because the sand was washed right out from under them. They simply lay down and died.  The high salt content delays the natural decay process.

The huge tree above is probably the next victim of erosion.  The long shore current pulls the sand away from the north end of the island and deposits it at the south end.  The taking away is erosion.  The depositing is called accretion. The trees are innocent victims in the natural scheme of things.
 
The high winds that shaped the trees
also create lots of sea foam.  This
foam is NOT a product of pollution. 
The forcing of air into a liquid, the
water, is what creates the foam. 
Similar to your blowing bubbles in
a glass of milk via a straw.
The squid eggs washed up on
the north shore.  After we took
the picture, we tossed them
back into the water as the tide was going out.  Hope they survive to become baby squid.
    The north eastern shore has had a retaining wall built to slow the progress of the natural erosion process as much as possible. Both the long shore current and the hurricanes take a toll on the shoreline.  At high tide there is no beach at all along here.

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