GOLDEN DIS­COV­ERY

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

A pop­u­lar surf beach in Kaik­oura had a tinge of gold after last week’s heavy rain­fall ... but it wasn’t from the sand. Heavy seas that pounded the coast­line ex­posed large whale bones around the creek bed that runs through Jimmy Arm­ers Beach, on the Kaik­oura penin­sula. The area, once home to a whal­ing sta­tion, was lit­tered with ver­te­brae, parts of skulls, and long curved rib bones. Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion com­mu­nity ranger Brett Cowan said the storms last week moved about a me­tre of sand around the river bed, ex­pos­ing bones he thinks could be 100 to 150-years-old. He put the golden flecks down to par­tic­u­lar min­er­als in the sand, but would not last once the sun bleached and dried them out, he said.

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