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.