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UNUSUAL RECEDE: Visitors on the Kozhikode beach where the sea has receded several metres leaving a mud bank on the shore.
UNUSUAL RECEDE: Visitors on the Kozhikode beach where the sea has receded several metres leaving a mud bank on the shore.

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Kozhikode: There is no turbulence or splash of tidal tumult. The sea is calm at Kozhikode beach. But the waters have receded ‘unusually’ evoking disquiet among the usual visitors.

“The water retreat has hit a new low in the last couple of days,” according to regular visitors.

For the first time in the knowledge of city dwellers the sea has gone back a few hundred metres at a certain spot, leaving a huge half-circle of mud-bank.

Sources at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) here said the phenomenon is rare. They could not fix an exact reason.

Every year, the sea recedes a bit and the sea is calm at the time. Fishermen consider it to be the time for a good catch.

“But now it has receded quite more than the usual length,” boatmen said.

P.K. Dinesh Kumar, a Scientist at the regional centre of the National Institute of Oceanography, Kochi, said there was nothing to panic and similar occurrences were reported from different places across the world.

“A similar withdrawal of the sea was reported from Thrissur and from some parts of Tamil Nadu in 2005,” he said.

Such receding used to be normally up to 30 to 40 metres and it is not necessary that it happens every year, scientists say. “But it seems to be slightly more this time around,” Dr. Dinesh said.

“It can be due to some tidal phenomenon due to local wind or due to some unknown meteorological reasons,” he said.

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