The beach is a place for the body's pleasure: on that much, everyone agrees. The question of how to dress the body for the occasion is a different matter, as we've seen in this summer's fractious debate over France's "burkini" ban. The bikini itself was banned from many French and European beaches when it first came on the market, in the nineteen-forties. The style of stretching two pieces of fabric tiny enough to be stuffed into a matchbox over the breasts and groin was a national scandal before it became a source of national pride. Times change, and fashion along with it, but scrutiny at the beach is, for most women, a constant.
There is no place like the beach. Swimming in clear ocean water, sticking your toes into warm white sand, and viewing spectacular wildlife are just some of the many things to look forward to. But, then there's a dirty beach, where you run the risk of cutting your foot on glass, or lying on top of cigarette butts, not to mention swimming pollution and harmful toxins. Luckily, some of the cleanest beaches in the world are right here in the U.S. From Newport Beach in California, to Gulf Shores Public Beach in Alabama, you will find the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to be extremely helpful. The NRDC "works to safeguard the earth--its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends."
Thousands of tiny red crabs are carpeting beaches in Orange County and creating an amazing spectacle for swimmers and surfers. Lifeguards estimate that hundreds of thousands of the tiny crustaceans washed up Friday on beaches in Newport Beach. The 1- to 3-inch-long crabs have washed up for several years along the Orange County coastline. Before that, they hadn't been seen in the area for decades. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.