On Thames time....
Thames Travel Blog› entry 22 of 36 › view all entries
To try and condense my time on the North Island into a few paragraphs is proving hard. Looking back now, every day was an adventure, even those early days spent in The Coromandel, relaxing on Thornton Bay Beach with a good book. Once afternoon in particular springs to mind, whilst sat admiring the Firth of Thames. My eyes were set on the water, yet out the corner of my eyes I saw something scuttle across the sand. At first my eyes decieved me - thinking it was a bird choosing to run instead of fly - but no, it was a New Zealand blue penguin. No body believed me..... 'NZ blue Penguins dont come into the Firth' I was told, mainly by my boss at a Motel in Thames.
Another afternoon a month or so later, whilst me and Alex were cruising the Thames coast, north back home from Town, I spotted something else on the shoreline, something that seemed out of place. After managing to park to car, we set about trying to find a route down onto the beach to investigate. We smelt it before we saw it. The unmistakable scent of something that used to be alive, with a added mix of marine saltiness. Then there it was - from the road I had spotted the fin of an enourmous Mako shark, who had sadly died on the muscle clad rocks after apparently struggling in the nearby waters for the previous few days. She was magnificent, and had it not been for the smell- I dont think i would have believed she was real. A few young lads from town had come down an hour or so before us and had apparently taken the head off her - presumabley for the teeth - but even headless she was a 6-7ft monster. I felt very lucky to have had the prilivedge to see such a marine beauty up close. Saying that.... It did make future swims in the bay a tad dicey