Wet and wild: why Australia must learn to love the animals on its beaches | John Pickrell

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Australia is in danger of loving some beaches to death. By fostering a passion for wildlife, we can turn the tide on degradation

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Australia has so many beaches, you could visit a different one every day for 30 years if you chose to – 10,685 around the mainland and Tasmanian coasts alone, according to the University of Sydney’s coastal studies unit.

In fact, when you include all 8,222 islands, the entire coastline stretches over 59,736km – this adds up to a great deal of beaches, rocky coves, cliffs, headlands, estuaries, rock pools, sand dunes and mangroves that provide a habitat for an abundance of wildlife.

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