– A picture gallery with a first part of the highlights from my trip to Tenerife can be found on the right on my blog. –
The ocean is a monster. Even on the quietest of days, the surf zone on the shore of Tenerife is immensely powerful.
A tireless coming and going of waves, back and forth over the rocky shore. It is a miracle the rocks even manage to survive these destructive forces.
Sitting on the rocks at the shore is an unequaled experience. Just to close your eyes and focus on the smashing sound of another breaking wave…
These rocks provide a very stressful environments for plants and animals to survive in. It is a constant adjustment: water that comes and goes, the power of breaking waves, the terrible burden of the salt… As an ecosystem built on constantly changing conditions, the surf zone produces one of the most harsh environments around. It even beats the world of the mountain tops, where plants ‘only’ have to struggle to survive the bitter cold.
Animals seem to do a little better than plants, here, maybe because they are able to move back and forth with the tides. The large crabs hiding behind every rock did not seem to care at all. Plant life however is limited to some green and slimy algae, the diehards of the plant world.