The sound of waves breaking onto a shingle shore has to be a favourite with many of us. The ebb and flow of the tide creates a mixture of sounds, from the initial crash of the breakers to the shimmering hiss of the backwash. On a calm day this continual movement can be incredibly relaxing, while on a rough day the sheer power of the sea fills the air with noise. Go beneath the waves however and a completely different atmosphere is uncovered. See what you think by listening to this example of seawash recorded underwater on a beach in Suffolk, England.
'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, chosen by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item was selected from the Soundscapes collection by Cheryl Tipp, curator of wildlife sounds at the British Library Sound Archive. The recording was made with a hydrophone on a calm evening in April 1992 at Shingle Street, Suffolk, by Richard Ranft.