Het is zo koud daar dat er ijskristallen in de golven zitten...quote:Slurpee waves Nantucket
Beachgoers in Nantucket, Massachusetts were astonished on Tuesday to witness a rare slushy ocean water phenomenon known as "slurpee waves."
Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh captured the remarkable spectacle after being tipped off by local surfers who were able to ride the partially frozen breakers.
"With a floundering temperature in the low, single digits this past week, I knew there was a good chance the Slurpee Waves would find their way back to Nantucket," Nimerfroh explained to weather.com in an email.
"Sure enough, on the morning of Jan. 2 I pulled my car up to Nobadeer beach and there they were," he added.
Nimerfroh had previously seen the stunning frozen waves back in 2015 but didn't know if he'd ever get the opportunity to witness them again.
"This time, two friends surfed just beyond the icy eddie, hooting and hollering and holding up giant icebergs above their heads in neoprene gloved hands. I ran up and down the beach, taking as many shots as I could of this freezing, fleeting show of nature. Slurpee waves are the kind of thing you might only be lucky enough to see once, so I count myself as very lucky to have seen them twice."
Salty ocean water takes on the consistency of slush when temperatures reach 28.8 degrees, according to Smithsonian Magazine.