Mumbai city, the city of glamour is probably the busiest city in the country. But when we talk about Mumbai, there’s not just one thing that we associate with it. Gateway of India, Vada Pao, Bollywood, beaches and the crazy monsoons all surrounds our mind.
During monsoon, the city looks beautiful. If you are a first-time visitor to the city, then Marine Drive is highly recommended. It looks serenic during the monsoon. One can always find peace walking down this place.
Marine Drive never fails to attract photographers, joggers, and tourists with its beauty. If you ever visited Marine Drive, then you have definitely noticed the four-legged rocks alongside it.
Even directors of Bollywood are fascinated by these legendary rocks and didn’t miss the chance to capture them in cameras. They have included these four-legged rocks in the movies. Remember the climax scene of Wake Up Sid where Konkana Sen is standing in the rain. Yes, those rocks.
Ever wondered why they are kept at the Marine Drive. Today we will tell you. These four-legged rocks are known as tetrapods. Tetrapods are not only present in India. The North Sea in Germany, shores of Suruga Bay also have them.
Tetrapods in the North Sea at Germany
Though they are an added attraction to the Marine, they hold a scientific logic. Tetrapods were imported to India from Australia in 1958. However, France developed it first in 1950. There are approx 6500 tetrapods at the Marine Beach.
Each tetrapod weighs around 2 tons and costs more than Rs 5000 per tetrapod. We all know that gigantic waves hit the sea shore. These tetrapods are placed in an interlocking position. They act as a boundary which doesn’t let water go beyond a certain limit.
So when waves of high energy hit these rocks, some part of their energy is absorbed by tetrapods. They are often criticized for interrupting the natural process of soil erosion and nutrition. Though other options are being considered to protect the Marine drive by high energy waves, these tetrapods are quite popular in Japan.
So the next time you visit Marine Drive, don’t forget to notice these unique tetrapods. Go, share this innovative piece of information with your friends too.