The Wow Waikawa! Photo Fest took place over the Christmas and New Year break, now read the Wrap-up which reveals where the photos were and what they showed.
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We heard that people enjoyed seeing the photos and often took kids or visitors round to look at them. Some people said they found parts of Waikawa Beach they didn’t even know about. A few dedicated souls managed to track down all the available photos — one was stolen on the first day.
If you noticed the photos, searched them out or have any other feedback, please let the organisers know. It’ll go in the report to HDC to thank them for funding the event.
Keep an eye out for stingrays basking in the warm shallows. We helped a couple back to their car yesterday after the woman received two quite big wounds on her ankle – from one or two stingrays that she walked into/startled as she came out of the water. She was in quite a bit of pain but was able to bandage it and stop the bleeding with a scarf and walk to the car – then they headed for medical help. We made sure to splash a lot in the water after that!
This occurred about 11 ish at the northern part of the beach – north of the track across the dunes that is accessed from the forest.
Commenters pointed out they’ve seen stingrays around recently too.
A technique called environmental DNA or eDNA for short, is helping … identify the animal species present in our waterways. …
DNA is shed by aquatic life from their skin, scales, fluids and faeces. The technique is able to detect even minute traces of each species and the overall proportion of it within the water sample. The species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, plants, fungi, bacteria, insects, snails, worms and anything else are identified by comparing the DNA fragments to a reference database. This requires as little as a mug of water sucked through a filter, though more water increases the chance of detecting organisms.