Pipi Shells - Awaroa

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Comments (4)

Ian Stehbens on January 15, 2008

A remarkable pic. Congratulations! Are the shells part of a Maori midden, or simply an accumulation created by wave action, do you know? Interested in your environment.

Mark Mcgill on January 18, 2008

Thanks Ian, The shells are left by the tide - this area has the highest tidal range in NZ, with about 5m springs. Curiously, the tidal action seems to separate and sort the empty shells, in this case pipi shells, but nearby cockle shells. There are probably middens in the area. There were Maori in the area when Abel Tasman made his ill-fated visit in 1642.

Ian Stehbens on January 18, 2008

Thanks for this information. I have never been here or to the west coast of SI, so your images are very alluring.


Gintarele on May 28, 2009

I am impressed. Very interesting view, great photo! G.

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Photo taken in Abel Tasman National Park Abel Tasman Walkway, Abel Tasman National Park 7183, New Zealand

Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 11, 2008
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    by Mark Mcgill
    • Taken on 2008/01/04 15:14:38
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/180)
    • Focal Length: 10.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/16.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash