BEACH-COMBING: Eight-year-old Charlotte Brown with a piece of pumice found on Conway Beach last week. Charlotte’s father Chris Brown believes the pumice might be part of massive raft that has travelled 4000km from a volcanic seamount on the ocean floor near New Zealand.
BEACH-COMBING: Eight-year-old Charlotte Brown with a piece of pumice found on Conway Beach last week. Charlotte’s father Chris Brown believes the pumice might be part of massive raft that has travelled 4000km from a volcanic seamount on the ocean floor near New Zealand.

Pumice stones found on Whitsunday shores

WHEN Strathdickie resident Chris Brown took his eight-year-old daughter Charlotte to Conway Beach last Friday, October 4, he was shocked to find pieces of pumice all over the shore.

"I've been on that beach many times and I knew that was out of place so I Googled it," he said.

Mr Brown believes the pumice may have been part of a massive raft that could have travelled 4000km from a volcanic seamount on the ocean floor near New Zealand.

"There were reports of people spotting a massive raft of pumice from aeroplanes," he said.

"And [maybe] it's taken all this time to get here. It's the remnants of the biggest pumice raft in 50 years and is a vehicle for the migration of sea life."

Mr Brown said pieces of pumice were scattered all along the high tide mark in varying sizes "from probably coconut size to small pieces".

He also found "rock pools full of it" in Bowen the next day.

Eco Barge Clean Seas founding director Libby Edge said her clean-up crews often found pumice on the Whitsunday islands.

She believed what Mr Brown found may have reached the mainland due to differing winds and tides in recent weeks.

"But we do find marine debris from New Zealand so he could be right about that raft," she said.


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