Canary Islands sand dunes are being harmed by romping tourists.
According to a new report, rowdy tourists having sex on the Canary Islands are causing harm to the local ecosystems and sand dunes.
Because they leave condoms, feces, and other trash in the area, a rise in outdoor sex by romping holidaymakers is causing problems for plant life in the area.
The study, titled “Sand, Sun, Sea, and Sex with Strangers, the ‘five S’s’: Characterising ‘cruising’ activity and its environmental impacts on a protected coastal dunefield,” discovered that the increase in outdoor sex was causing local plant life to suffer.
“The direct impacts generated around the sex spots can be observed in a variety of ways, such as impacts on the vegetation, the abandonment of waste, or the presence of urinal and defecation locations,” according to the report.
“Cigarette butts, torncut vegetation, toilet paper and wipes, condoms, fruit peel, cans, and feces are the most representative (in proportional order).”
“Through the generation of waste and illegal toilet spots, this activity has direct effects on aeolian landforms and vegetation, as well as the environment in general.”
The study also discovered that many of the “sex spots” were surrounded by dense vegetation, which tourists took advantage of when looking for secluded spots, causing local wildlife to suffer.
Ten of the endangered species are native to Spain, with three of them found on the Canary Islands’ sand dunes.
“Regardless of human activity, popular coastal tourist locations need to closely monitor ecology and erosion trends,” said co-author Professor Patrick Hesp.
He said sand dunes in Australia had a similar problem, and he called for more education about the damage it causes.
In recent years, some parts of Spain have cracked down on raunchy tourists in an attempt to improve their image.
In Tenerife earlier this year, cops discovered a naked couple bonking in front of a school in broad daylight.
Benidorm was also dubbed the “sex tourist capital” in 2019, prompting new restrictions on boozy getaways and cheap deals.
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