Mother Nature battle on the Rock
It is one of the most iconic, if not most recognizable aspects of the Barbadian landscape.
But these days Bathsheba beach is becoming known for a lot more than just its powerful sea surf; its Soup Bowl, which is a must-go-to spot for visiting international surfers and other enthusiasts; and its unique offshore boulder that goes by the name Bathsheba Rock.
Over the past couple of months, Bathsheba has also been overrun by a mostly unwelcomed visitor in sargassum weed that has made it quite difficult for tourists and visitors to just sit on the beach and take in the picturesque East Coast scenery.
At one point, officials reported that the sargassum weed had reached so high that the area surrounding the Bathsheba Rock was beginning to resemble the Sahara Desert.
While there may be no stopping Mother Nature, many Bathsheba lovers are still determined that the area must be allowed to retain its traditional beauty.
This past weekend students and teachers of the three primary schools in St Joseph –– St Elizabeth, St Bernard’s and St Joseph Primary –– decided to get in on the act of restoring Bathsheba Rock and the surrounding beach to its former glory.
Armed with rakes, gloves and, in some instances, very large plastic bags, the team got down to work from 6:15 a.m. clearing away the seaweed and bagging it for disposal.
For a few hours, at least, it appeared that man had won the battle –– until the tide came in and the weed was gradually being stacked up once again.