… one of the most delightful and exciting areas of the earth’s surface — the seashore, that marginal strip where the sea meets the land, and which is covered and uncovered by the tides.
From the dark ocean abysses to the mountain-tops, from the desert to the luxuriant jungle there is no place with more variety and flexibility of life than where the tides ebb and flow.

William J Dakin, ‘Australian Seashores’