As hard as it is (Because of all the interesting critters), it is a great idea to check the ocean every now and then to see if the waves have increased or decreased in size and to check for roge waves. I had a scary reminder at Muriwai.
On the Sandy area of the second beach across from the Australasian Gannet colony, I was interested in some Austrolittorina cincta on a pebble and within a few minutes of not checking the ocean, I turned around to see and smal wave coming, so I ignored it and let it brush past my legs, then another small one came before it could go all the way out and by now I was up to my knee in water, so I decided to start wading my way back to the boulders rising meters above the sand. Of course, another small wave arrived and did little to harm me, so I slowed down feeling somewhat safer and as the water began to return, a bigger than usual wave arrived putting me in cold water nearly up to my shoulders, and it slammed into the rocks meters away from me. I did not get hurt, but it was a unfriendly reminder of precaution, especially on West Coast beaches with large waves.
Thanks for sharing... really important for all our seashore explorers to be reminded of the force of the waves. Remember a cubic metre of water weighs over a tonne!
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