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Cairns, Queensland, Australia; a lifeguard stands next to the Cairns Esplanade swimming lagoon, viewed in early morning light, the four megalitres of lagoon water is sourced from the sea and filtered every three hours to keep it clear and clean. Unlike many pools in the southern states of Australia, the Cairns Esplanade lagoon is not tidal. Therefore, no stingers or other marine creatures can enter the pool. Special sand cleaning equipment will frequently scour the surrounding sandy beaches down to a depth of 30cm to remove any foreign objects. , © Matthew Meier, matthewmeierphoto.com All Rights Reserved