Sandy shores, also called beaches, are coastal shorelines where sand accumulates. Their slope, and dunes are heavily influenced by the tides and wind.

They are often found on the Eastern Seaboard on the United States, as well as many areas in the Tropical Pacific. Some salt marshes can be found around these shores.

Some fish and turtles return to certain beaches to lay their eggs for their entire lives.

Due to the intense waves, wind, and presence of sea water, plants are not too keen to grow on beaches. However there are many animals, small and accustomed to this habitat, that lurk among the sand and around the shallow waters.

Beach Shore InhabitantsEdit

Nearshore/Coastal Inhabitants Edit


Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated