The recent opening of the Klein River lagoon at its western extremity, and the high seas that accompanied the recent cold front, have led to massive erosion of Grotto Beach at Hermanus. This is threatening the road that backs the beach and there is little that can be done to stop this natural process. It is all rather worrying and the dog lovers who used to walk their four-legged friends eastwards from Grotto, now have nowhere to go. What pity that the authorities did not pre-empt this by opening the lagoon at its eastern end. It would have prevented a great deal of anguish.