tetrapods

a brief look at liminal land-sea technology

The first time I saw them I wondered, “What are those things?”

They made me feel a little bit nervous. They were nice to look at but I didn’t feel like walking on them the same way that I’d like to walk on a beach.

Even a castle looks a little more inviting by comparison:

But they can be found in many places:

Ohama, Okinawa (大浜)
Kaiyuan Fishing Harbor (開元漁港) Lanyu, Taiwan
Haeundae Beach, Busan, South Korea
(thanks Google Photos it would’ve taken me a lot longer to compile these shots via manual search)

Even though I’ve seen them quite a few times. I didn’t have a word for them until someone told me what they were.

While their appearance may be intimidating, they serve a functional purpose. They slow down the deterioration of sea walls.

If you’re interested, please read these articles about them:

https://cross-currents.berkeley.edu/e-journal/issue-30/figal

https://arstechnica.com/science/2016/11/covering-coasts-with-concrete-japan-looks-to-tetrapods-to-battle-elements/