Moeraki Boulders, Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders, Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

Description: Some 60 million years ago, the concretions we know as the Moeraki boulders started forming on the ocean floor. Centuries of coastline erosion have revealed a spectacular view of these curiously large spherical boulders.
Local Maori legends explained the boulders as the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of an Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. This legend tells of the rocky shoals that extend seaward from Shag Point as being the petrified hull of this wreck and a nearby rocky promontory as being the body of the canoe's captain.

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Keywords: Koekohe Beach, Landscape, Moeraki, Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand, Novy Zeland, Otago, beach, nature, ocean, Arai-te-uru, Araiteuru

Exif: Exposure: 1/400, Aperture: 10.0, ISO: 100

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