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If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “Life’s a beach,” you probably wondered what does it actually mean. A seagull swooping in and stealing your wallet? Or maybe that beached whales are some profound allegory for our society? Well, probably neither but it’s fun to entertain the possibilities.

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a series of the most unexpected things that took place at the seashore and it turns out, these pictures have the answers to the questions above. So if you thought that nothing ever really happens on a beach day, let us prove you wrong. It’s not just lazing around and baking in the sunshine. The same water you’re washing your troubles away can also spit out a giant squid right in your face. The sad part, though, is that it’s not all that exciting. Or romantic. There’s always a balding, middle-aged man to photobomb your best shots. But hey, at least you’ll never get bored with all these funny people around you.

#1

Her Name Is Argiro And She Likes To Dry Up On This Chair That The Locals Saved For Her

What’s cool about visiting the beach — even the same one — is that they are ever-changing environments so it’ll be a little different every time you come back. Within one human lifetime, a shoreline can grow or shrink by tens of feet due to the action of waves, wind, storms, floods and other weather conditions. 

#2

There! Instead Of A Stupid Castle

Waves can erode beaches and carry material to other areas, widening shorelines. They can also erode the bases of cliffs until they collapse, changing the coastline overnight. The wind blows sand beyond the waves, forming sand dunes which are eventually colonized by plants. The vegetation slows the wind, preventing it from blowing the sand away and the dunes continue growing larger and larger. There’s always something going on.

#3

My Lady Friend Wanted A Piggy Back Picture On The Beach And A Random Biker Watching The Sunset Said He Wanted One Too

And if this leaves you craving for a new adventure, try to look for a beach that has a Blue Flag status. Blue Flag criteria include quality, safety, environmental education and information standards, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria. This means that they are safe, the water quality is great, and there are plenty of things to experience. They are in most countries around the world with a total of 4,154 Blue Flags waving across the globe.

#4

How To Use Sand To Freak People Out

#5

This Sign On A Beach In Lithuania

#6

Mount Ruffmore

#7

How Girls Take Pictures At The Beach

#8

We Took My Cat To The Beach And There Happened To Be A Professional Dancer Having A Photo Shoot

Obviously this happened because Buns’ day wasn’t confusing enough.

#9

When Your Beach Towel Is From Costco

#10

I Was Stood Taking A Photo Of My Girlfriend In The Sea, Then Realised So Was Every Other Instagram Boyfriend

#11

A Radical Concept. Bali 2017

#12

You Have To Stay 10′ Feet Away From The Wild Ponies On Assateague, Even If They Steal Your Spot

#13

Saw This Guy On The Beach. He Said His Grandkids Bought Him This Shirt

#14

This Perfect “Story In Three Panels” Of My Cousin

#15

My Mom Stumbled Into This Drug Dealer While In Jamaica

#16

Just A Pic That My Friend Took Down At The Beach The Other Day

#17

E Is For Existential Crisis

#18

My Boyfriend Decided To Take My Dog To The Beach Today For Some “Quality” Time Together

#19

So I Went To The Beach And Saw This

#20

Creative Sprite Ad, Creepy Chair Guy

#21

I Feel Like I Just Missed A Miracle On The Beach

#22

Mr. Crab’s First Dollar

#23

Just Bro Things

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#25

This Man At The Beach Has A Tiny Deck Chair To Rest His Head

#26

Finally An Answer To The Age Old Question “Do Raccoons On A Beach In Panama City, Feel Like Fritos?”

#27

Visual Representation Of Why Women Live Longer Than Men

#28

That’s One Patient Dog

#29

Taking Too Long To Take A Photo Of Her Food On The Beach

#30

Dodge Tried To Shoot A Commercial For A $60,000 Truck At My Local Beach

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