Islands are especially vulnerable to the forces of nature, including lightening storms and cyclones. These agents of chaos often make victims of front line coastal trees and shrubbery. Driftwood is therefore a common sighting along island shores in the Bay of Bengal. Dominating and intricate, these natural art installations litter the beaches of the Andaman Islands; their presence endows the seascape with a certain endearing mysteriousness. Microcosms in themselves, the driftwood provides habitat for various intertidal marine organisms and insects, as well as lookout points for seabirds.