Monday, August 25, 2008
This is Long Beach a long flat beach near the entrance to Otago Harbour, it's apparently a very safe beach for swimming, it's also a known place for rock climbing. Being winter and a weekday the beach was deserted when we were there this afternoon. There was evidence of the high seas that we have had recently as there was much erosion on the edge of the dunes.
It was on this beach (I think) that a child found a large lump of ambergris washed up a few years back. Ambergris is an excretion of the stomach of sperm whales -it's highly prized and used in perfumery and can be worth big money. Unfortunately we didn't find any.