Photographer's Note

French Guyana is not famous for its beautiful beach. The coast is either rocks or marshes, and the water is not a pleasant color, brownish-red, full of all the muds coming from the Amazonian rivers (including the Amazon itself).

Close to the main city Cayenne, however, there is a range of beaches that are very popular, people come in the evening or during the week-end, with friends and family. However the geography of those beaches evolves very quickly. Two years ago it was a very large beach with a soft slope to the sea, and plenty of room for people to enjoy the beach, and for the marine turtle to come spawning. Today, the beach has almost disappeared, the sea has taken a lot of the sand away. At high tide there is hardly enough beach left for a walk. Needless to say, people with houses close to the sea begin to worry. Another problem is that the beach is not suitable for marine turtles anymore, and they will have to look elsewhere for a safe place to spawn.

At some places the removal of sand has uncovered beds of mud and rocks that make the ground fragile and moving.

Nature evolves quickly in French Guyana. Maybe in two years the beach will be back...

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