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Beaches where the sand sings
For many a beachgoer, sand is a hassle—clinging to hair, towels, even sandwiches. “But what if the sand is the draw?” asked Kastalia Medrano in Thrillist.com. At a handful of beaches around the world—including some along the Atlantic coast and around Lake Superior and Lake Michigan—the sand produces a sound best described as squeaking or whistling. The phenomenon requires completely dry sand with round grains that aren’t too large or too small. Wind sometimes prompts the mysterious resonance—but so can feet. To trigger the effect, find a dry patch away from the water; “then—and there’s really no other way to describe this—waddle forward like you’re a penguin.” The trick is to shuffle your feet quickly without lifting them. Canada’s Prince Edward Island has at least one beach where you can hear the sand’s song. Perhaps better known is a public beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. Its name: Singing Beach.