Ocean Month’s irony: ‘deformed’ shorelines
PICTURE PERFECT - Untapped but vivid view of sea and sand pebble beach of Garcia-Hernandez town cut across by river's outlet is no doubt potential for tourism. It is just about a few hundred meters away from where the coconut trees uprooted eastward due to climate change and looking northward is the more than 600 hectares limestone mine. (RVO)
Like a power-point slide show, scenes of deformed shorelines of Bohol present an ironic icon for this islands’ highly promoted celebration of Ocean Month.
In an ocular visit this week, shorelines, particularly in the eastern coast along Garcia-Hernandez town, noticed are pebble deposits pushed back to inland during high tide, thereby uprooting some coconut trees standing near the edge of the seawater.
More trees are expected to fall as the destruction of the shorelines continue, especially during southwesterly season this summer, said a resident in an interview.
He said that it used to be that the pebble shoreline is about several meters away from the water edge during high tide.
A balikbayan Mr. Alex Virador, who, with his wife Vicky, is now residing back here near the shoreline after several years in Chicago USA, said that times are a-changing, short of saying that the toll of the climate change has dealt its effect altogether.
Some islets in the province are not spared from the nature’s wrath.
Earlier, in a visit, Guindakpan Island barangay, off Talibon town in the northern part of the province is already flooded during high tide.
Barangay officials of the island, a little over 20-plus-hectare islet, have keenly observed that the rise of sea level during high tide has been unusual.
Some residents said that the basketball court, which situated a higher ground, is almost flooded by high tide, which is not used to be during the highest tide season.
A resident here interviewed but did not tell his name said his house near the shoreline is already underwater when seawater rises.
In neighboring island barangay of Calituban, an island densely populated and about ten minute-ride from Guindakpan, is also experiencing the same – unusual seawater rise resulting to deformation of the shorelines. (RVO)