HERE’S THE SCOOP:
- Tourists making “sex nests” is ruining a Spanish beach.
- The tourists trample over vegetation, remove plants, and also leave heaps of gargage behind.
- Additionally, local wildlife “died after eating condoms left behind by pleasure seekers.”
Tourists get a lot of guff for leaving trash everywhere, overcrowding historic cities, or killing local life. But now, new research indicates that tourists’ public sex is ruining a Spanish beach.
Amorous tourists are overtaking the Dunas de Maspalomas Special Nature Reserve on the island of Gran Canaria.
According to a new paper in the Journal of Environmental Management — Sand, Sun, Sea and Sex with Strangers, the ‘five S’s. Characterizing ‘cruising’ activity and its environmental impacts on a protected coastal dunefield — researchers found that tourists’ sex and “cruiser trampling” directly impact native plants and dunes.
Sex ‘nests’ in the dunes
Tourists trample over vegetation, remove plants and sand, and make their own “nests.”
They also dump waste, including cigarettes, condoms, toilet paper, and wipes.
Tourists are also using the dunes as a toilet in addition to a bedroom. Researchers found “urination and defecation locations.”
According to the study, even the dunes’ “exclusion zone” — completely off-limits to the public — was home to 56 sex spots.
As a result of the tourists’ activities, the study found a “complete abandonment” of environmental education.
Additionally, Gran Canaria giant lizards have “died after eating condoms left behind by pleasure seekers,” wrote Patrick Hesp, one of the study’s authors, in an article for The Conversation.
“Their degradation, in many cases, has been a direct consequence of tourism development,” the paper reads.
“We’re not calling for an end to public sex,” Hesp wrote in a separate article. “But we do want people to be aware of the damage it can do.”
Hesp went on to explain that one couple having sex on the beach is one thing, but having hundreds converge on the same area every day damages the dunes as much as off-road driving.