There is a typical species of inland ecosystems, which is one of the numberless species capable of adapting to the seasonal climate change by following well-known migratory patterns: the common bather.
During rainy and cold seasons, the bather is shy and elusive, seeking a place to hide from the city tarmac, where he hibernates protected under heavy items of clothing of depressing greyish dreary colours. Looking forward to the arrival of summer, he emanates nostalgia, longing for the days spent on the beach and in the summer sun.
With the arrival of the first spring sun rays, they start slowly migrating towards the closest coast to their winter shelters. Sporadically at first, they leave on a monthly basis, either on a Saturday or Sunday, then little by little lengthening their stay, until their skin grows accustomed to the ever increasing intensity of the summer sun. It is then when a massive stampede arrives on the rugged Catalan coastline, a landscape thousands of kilometres away from their natural environment.
It is the height of summer season. The migratory flow stops, and bather activity reaches its peak. Those short icy days dedicated to remembrance and longing are left far behind. Their metabolism speeds up due to the high temperatures and the bather starts to live living its existence in full: they run and play in the sand, paddle on the seashore, immerse themselves in the sea and exhibit their tanned – or sometimes reddish skin – by proudly comparing themselves with those who remain pale. Their clothes become shorter, until any garments become redundant and unnecessary. At that time, we recommend that ‘newbie’ bathers begin to enjoy themselves.
We hope you have fun observing the bathers.