Sea Caves

Inspired by International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I decided to write a post about a topic loosely related to pirates—sea caves. Sea caves are formed by wave action. Ocean waves crashing upon the side of a cliff hit a weak area in the rock day after day and year after year, and a hole eventually forms. While some sea caves consist of pale weathered stone, others are quite colorful.

The first two photos are from the Geograph Project collection, which contains images taken in Great Britain and Ireland.

Y Bwa Gwyn and a sea cave – geograph.org.uk (Great Britain)
By Eric Jones [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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The sea cave is to the right of the arch.

Sea cave on Eilean Trodday – geograph.org.uk (Scotland)
By Bob Jones [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Photo description:

Sea cave on Eilean Trodday Amazing blue water and a cave that you can take a rubber dinghy into and out again from another exit. Eilean Trodday is an uninhabited island lying off the northeastern coastline of the Trotternish peninsula of the island of Skye.

The next two photos show the Animal Flower Cave in Barbados. Based on the photographer’s lengthy description of the cave, it was a hidden hangout of sorts a long time ago in spite of the sea anemones that inspired the name of the cave.

The animal flower cave, Barbados
By Berit from Redhill/Surrey, UK [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Photo Description:

The Animal Flower Cave is located under the cliffs at the Northern tip of Barbados. The Cave is an interesting study in geology, local history and stunning sea activity. This beautiful Sea-Cave is a ‘must see’ for all nature loving visitors. The cave?s [cave’s] history is little-known yet quite interesting, for despite its remote location, it was the venue weekend dances and socializing soon after the turn of the century. Artifacts from by gone days include the braces in the coral ceiling where the lanterns once hung. The Animal flower Cave is the islands lone accessible sea-cave and was discovered from the sea in 1780 by two English explorers. The cave’s coral floor is estimated to be 400000 to 500000 years old and the ‘younger’ coral section above the floor is about 126000 years old. The dating was carried out by the German Geographical Institute, and visitors can see a map of the dating work in the bar and restaurant. The cave now stands some six feet above the high tide mark even though it was formed at sea level. This is because Barbados is rising about one inch per 1000 years, which is yet another indication of the cave’s age. The huge coral steps leading down into the cave were built around 1912. Down in the cave there are sea-anemones, locally called ‘animal flowers’ from whence the cave got its name. The flower consists of tentacles that can sting and paralyse [paralyze] a passing fish in the larger variety of species. The tentacles retract into the stalk or stump for safety on contact with an alien object like a stick. The flower then waits a while before coming out of the stalk again to allow danger to pass. The swimming pool as the guides call it is in a chamber all by itself. The totally transparent and absolutely still water does not reveal its depth but looks deceptively shallow. The smooth floor of the cave worn down by the water and the rubbing action of the coral rocks over time has an undulating formation and the light lends a magical quality to this chamber. At certain times of the year and in bad weather the caverns become filled with water and the entrance acts like a giant blowhole. On calm days you can swim in the natural rock pools in the cave or perhaps take a look at the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean through the windows to the ocean (cave openings).

Waterdrops in the Animal Flower Cave, Barbados
By Berit from Redhill/Surrey, UK [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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I am hardly proficient at talking like a pirate, but I hope you have fair winds and smooth sailing until we meet again online.

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