As we walked out of Selsey we passed one of those ubiquitous posts with a funny triangular metal thing on top. Here it is – with a cormorant drying out in the sun.
These posts are all over the place, and when the tide is in they attract cormorants. These birds can perch safely whilst surrounded by water, wings outstretched, drying off before they go back to hunting. So many of these posts have cormorants perched on top of them that your attention is drawn away from the structure itself. It suddenly occurred to me: what are these strange triangles on top of the groyne posts? For nearly 500 miles we have passed these things without knowing what they actually are. Some posts have triangles, and others have circular red things looking like upside down fire buckets. The posts sit at the end of groynes, so I suppose they are there to provide a warning about submerged timbers at high tide. My guess is that the red fire buckets are used because they are obvious and easily visible, but what about the triangles?
Google is a modern-day repository that has an answer to most things. I typed in “post triangle beach” and clicked “Search”. The general search returned an abundance of articles about the Bermuda Triangle. This did not provide the enlightenment I was looking for, so I tried a Google Image search. This time the search returned an abundance of bikini-clad women in various poses on golden shorelines. For a moment I stared at these images in a discombobulated stupor. Why would my search result in these images? Then I realised – bikini tops are essentially made out of two triangles. Go on – do a search! You’ll see!
I considered changing my Image Search to “groyne triangles“, however, a deep-rooted fear washed over me like like the Selsey tide. If “post triangle beach” returned bikini-clad women, what would “groyne triangle” return?
I gave up. This blog is not supposed to be about issues such as this, but I am completely stumped.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Approximate position of cormorant: N 50° 43.543 W 000° 47.949
Walk #58 Statistics (of which this post forms the third part):
- Date of Walk: 18 August 2013
- Walk #58 total distance covered: 8.77 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 481.56 miles
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