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Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Farewell Spit Surf Photo: 'Pilot Whales at Puponga' by Rob Davies

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Open ocean wave model on 4 February at 9 pm

Forecast wind and swell just offshore from Farewell Spit around the time the photo was taken

Pilot Whales at Puponga, Farewell Spit
user: Rob Davies (852 photos)
photo taken at: 8:44 pm 4 Feb 2011

Pilot Whales at Puponga

New Zealand | Farewell Spit

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A pod of 80 or so Pilot Whales (like Killer whales, actually a very large kind of dolphin) start thrashing about as the tide reaches after they had been beached for several hours. About 200 volunteers worked all day to keep the whales cool. Staff from DOC, very familiar with the problem of whale beaching in Golden Bay, helped re-float the creatures as the tide came in. Most of the whales survived. Without help, beached whales sometimes drown if water reaches their breathing hole before they can turn off their sides.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.