Cape Leeuwin lighthouse

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Martin Zustak on April 8, 2007

Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, a 39-metre navigational tool built in the late 19th century on the point where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. Cape Leeuwin is the third most dangerous cape in the world after Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn. Apparently, a foamy white crack separates the two ocean waters in favourable conditions, this clear distinction made possible by the fact that the Indian Ocean is generally 3 to 4 degrees Celsius warmer. The currents in the photo are not very strong and therefore you are unable to recognise the dividing line. The tour of the lighthouse not only brings you to its very top, offering great 360 degree views from the narrow platform encircling the building, but it also teaches you more about the local naval history littered with 26 shipwrecks, and about what the lighthouse keeper’s job was like in the times before un-manned automated operation.

The coastal waters of Cape Leeuwin are no stranger to marine life. Whales regularly use this route while migrating south or north and the top story during our visit was that of a whale calf born right in the bay only a few days previously. Also, New Zealand fur seals discovered that the nearby reef is what seals consider to be the perfect holiday resort and come for eight weeks each year to rest and recharge batteries prior to returning back to their work seal-lives.

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    by Martin Zustak