Overhanging Palmtrees

They make every beach perfect, yet they disappear every now and then - what makes palm trees hang over a beach and why do they disappear sooner or later? There are some myths about it - like people walk on it and the palm trees tip over, or they grow towards the light. The truth is: the sea is eroding the beach during different seasons. The roots of the palm trees get washed out and that causes them to tilt. When the beach comes back during the next season, you wonder why in the world the trees grow tilted. This is very common especially on smaller coral islands when the beach wanders around the island in the course of a year. But it can also be seen on the beaches of Seychelles granite islands. Unfortunately, sometimes erosion is just too much and in recent years several palm-trees on well-known beaches like Anse Takamaka on Mahé, Anse Source d´Argent and Anse Cocos on La Digue and even on Anse Lazio on Praslin.