Shag Point and the Moeraki Boulders

On February 13th, we went to Shag Point and to the Moeraki Boulders.

Shag Point is known for its seal colony and its yellow-eyed penguins. We saw some seals but no penguins. Well, we were there around 11am, time during which they usually are fishing at sea. There was a crazy wind, we almost could do a Matrix remake!

The Moeraki Boulders are spherical rocks on the beach. The bigger ones can have a 2-meter diameter and weigh 7 tons. Their origin is subjected to several theories. According to the Maori legend, the rocks would come from a dugout canoe shipment which would have been damaged at sea on a storm day. The bigger rocks would be flipped fish traps, the smaller ones pieces of bread or sweet potatoes. On the science side, they are concretions created by the cementation of the Paleocene mudstone of the Moeraki Formation, from which they have been exhumed by coastal erosion.

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