New Zealand Defence Force Discovers 7500 Square Mile Floating Raft of Pumice

NZDF press release via Scoop News:

An area of floating pumice 250 nautical miles in length and 30 nautical miles wide was spotted in the South Pacific ocean yesterday by a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Orion.

The RNZAF Orion, which was on Maritime patrol from Samoa to New Zealand, relayed the information to HMNZS CANTERBURY and last night, approximately 85 nautical miles West South-West of Raoul Island CANTERBURY spotted the phenomenon.

Lieutenant (LT) Tim Oscar, a Royal Australian Navy officer on a three year exchange with the Royal New Zealand Navy, saw what he describes as, “the wierdest thing I’ve seen in 18 years at sea.”

“The lookout reported a shadow on the ocean ahead of us so I ordered the ship’s spotlight to be trained on the area.

“As far ahead as I could observe was a raft of pumice moving up and down with the swell.

“The rock looked to be sitting two feet above the surface of the waves, and lit up a brilliant white colour in the spotlight. It looked exactly like the edge of an ice shelf,” said LT Oscar.

LT Oscar said he had been briefed by GNS Volcanologist Helen Bostock the previous day when the ship first encountered an area of pumice from an undersea volcano.

Read more here.

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  • Rex Vestri

     Cthulhu hacked up a hairball

  • Rex Vestri

     Cthulhu hacked up a hairball

  • Simiantongue

    Surely a terrorist plot. We must attack immediately. 

  • Widelynarrow

    Holy cow, “this is happening again?”
    *clicks link*
    Nope, it’s the same story from a month ago…

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Maybe we could use it as a landfill site to dispose of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    besides the fact that a guy can spend 18 years in the Ozzie Navy
    and not get above O-2 (LT)
    the most interesting part of the article seems to be missing
    that the Monowai LUV is part of the “Ring of Fire” volcanic activity
    which has been pretty active these last few years
    the recent Japanese Tsunami being a good example

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ring_of_Fire

    • Calypso_1

      O-2 is SBLT, LT is an O-3

      • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

        I stand corrected
        but unless the guy started as a non-com
        O-3 in 18 years is a pretty slow climb
        in the USN “up or out” system he’s gone by now

        • Calypso_1

          True, also if his 18 years at sea were soley in the navy as well, which the article did not state.

        • Hadrian999

          he could be an enlisted man that recently gained a commission.

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