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A SeaPaddy looks quite similar to a Rice Paddy – a long, low wall, or a stepped series of them are filled with water – However, the object here is not to grow rice – for it is sea water they are filled with, and instead of water flowing down from higher to lower levels, it is pumped or forced up by either tides, waves or a mechanism.

Its purpose is to use the large mass of water contained therein to resist and calm incoming waves onto coral reefed islands such as Kiribus (Kiribati) where the main island, Tarawa lies only 3 metres (10 foot) above High tide in the central Pacific Ocean . This also traps the tide and wave energy, such that it can generate power on release at low tide.