Fast tests can help keep people out of the water when it’s unsafe, and let them back in sooner once the coast is clear.
Traditional water quality test results tell you what was happening at the beach yesterday. More real-time answers can be a boon for public health.
Media reports tend to focus on people who drown at the beach. But almost as many people drown in rivers and lakes. Where are the safety messages for them?
Migrants are no more at risk of drowning than Australian-born swimmers but you'd never know from media reports.
The irukandji jellyfish, up close.
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The irukandji jellyfish can be deadly and particularly hard to trace. However, emerging technology offers a solution.
Elusive and mysterious by nature, ordinary people are revealing the secrets of the UK's octopuses.
Seagulls travel together in groups, but prefer to be alone when they feel sick.
Birds can usually sense when they are not feeling well and like many other creatures, seem to seek out-of-the-way places to be alone.
Sunscreen protects from skin cancer, burning and from the sun’s ageing effects.
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Whenever summer rolls around, it's easy to forget the basics of sunscreen. How long should I wait after applying it to go in the sun, and how long can I stay in the sun with it on?
The winner! Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance WA.
Lucky Bay on WA's south coast has been scientifically declared to have the whitest sand in Australia. But if you think your local beach can take the title, we want to hear from you.
Now you can do it too.
There is a direct correlation between the age of the builder, spade size and the speed at which boredom sets in.
People go to the beach in large numbers and for many different reasons, and sometimes that’s a recipe for conflict.
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In many ways, the conflict we see on our beaches may be a small price to pay for the free and open access to our beaches, which Australians have long fought to preserve.
Damaged property in Sydney following recent wild weather.
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Wild seas have left beaches eroded and houses close to collapse.
Anse Source d'Argent beach, La Digue island, Seychelles is one of Africa’s finest beaches.
Africa has some wonderful beaches. A serious traveller should visit at least one of them once in a lifetime.
An Indo-Pacific Man-o-war, AKA bluebottle, washed up on a beach.
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Blue bottles have been washing up on beaches lately, but what exactly are they? And are you really supposed to pee on their stings?
What caused the dramatic collapse of the coast on a Queensland island?
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The beach collapse at Inskip in Queensland might look like a sinkhole, but it was likely triggered by very different forces.
White sharks - a threatened species responsible for a number of recent shark encounters.
More research may not necessarily prove to be the answer to shark attacks. Instead, we should look at programs that are already working, such as aerial patrols.
Hard at work, so you can have fun in the sun.
But sandy beaches aren't just tourist eye candy – they're a vital defence against coastal erosion.
Hefty problem: a local council was left with a huge clean-up bill after a dead whale washed up in Perth last year.
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Dead whales can cost beachside ratepayers a lot to clean up. The alternative is to tow them away before they wash up - but the legal question of who does the job is far more complex than it sounds.
Turtle development is affected by low oxygen in the nest, new research carried out in Costa Rica shows. And there are lessons for conservation globally.
Open wide: don’t be fooled by the appearance of a Leatherback’s mouth, they eat only jellyfish.
Going to the beach this summer? If you’re in southern Australia, keep your eyes peeled for the world’s largest turtle, the leatherback. If you do, you can report sightings to researchers at Deakin University…
Australia’s coast is famous around the world - but rising sea levels are poised to make things a lot less fun.
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“I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside” holds true for many Australians who live on or near the coast. On top of the many lifestyle amenities coastal living offers, much of the country’s crucial infrastructure…
Sunscreen chemicals wash into the sea and have toxic effects on marine life. American Chemical Society researchers found…