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Snapper Rocks

Snapper Rocks is a small rocky outcrop on the northern side of Point Danger at the southern end of Queensland's Gold Coast. It is a famous surf break and today the start of the large sand bank known to surfers as the Superbank.

In 1956 Jack Evans built the Snapper Rocks Sea Baths, with an adjacent shark pool for public viewing. Later that year the Boyd brothers, local fishermen, caught two bottlenose dolphins in the Terranora Creek which Evans took and put in the pool for the Jack Evans Porpoise Show (which moved around to Duranbah in 1961). Only remnants of the pools remain today.

- Wikipedia

I assume that this pool is a remnant of the once popular porpoise pools although it does not look big enough (perhaps it was a holding tank). At high tide when the waves crash over the headland, locals and tourists wander across the barnacle encrusted rocks to this pool to experience the waves crashing over them in this natural spa bath.

I took this photo from about 100m away on top of Point Danger, from a similar vantage that I used to take my previous posted photo. Lighting was poor so I converted the image to black and white. I won’t bother posting the colour version because all that is highlighted is some green algae on the rock. I captured this about 10 seconds after a large wave pummeled the pool so I could see all the runoff. This was the best of the 33 images I had taken in succession. Rested camera on fence for stability. The next post will return to my colour photographs, but I have enjoyed this B&W phase.

Thanks for looking, and feel free to post workshops if you consider the contrast insufficient!

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Additional Photos by Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 979 W: 332 N: 1693] (6043)
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