The problem sandhoppers face when they find themselves on the dry sand is to reach as quickly as possible the belt of moist sand near the water. Alongside many other orienting factors, here we ask whether sandhoppers use the optic flow they experience to maintain their bearing relative to the sea - land axis. Adult individuals of Talitrus saltator (Montagu) were released in a transparent Plexiglas bowl, horizontally placed between four walls carrying a pattern of vertical black and white stripes. The orientation of one pair of opposite walls was South - North, orthogonal to the sea - land axis of the home beach, whilst the second pair of walls was oriented East - West. The black and white stripes pattern of opposite walls could be moved in pairs and in the same direction (speed = 4.8 cm sec-1). The results demonstrate that the optic flow sandhoppers experience when moving on the sea - land axis of their home beach influences their direction of travel and could help sandhoppers in maintaining a straight path to reach favourable ground by the shortest route.