Calm Sea

Like any sea, the North Sea can be a cruel place, the life of many a fisherman has been lost.  In the old days, in my late teens and early 20s, I was quite a keen beach fisherman and I’ve fished in all sorts of weather, but I think this is the calmest I’ve seen it – though ‘calmness’ only applies to the state of the swell and surf.  Just as dangerous, though all but invisible to the casual glance, is the speed of the tide running along the coast – it can rip through at a significant rate – because of this, I’ve never chosen to swim in the sea along the East Coast.

Very dark seaweed covers the foreshore in this spot – it is very, very slippery.