Slurpee waves have social media mesmerized as this weird phenomenon is seen in photos rolling onto the Nantucket beaches. These Slurpee waves were captured in photos by Nantucket based photographer Jonathan Nierfroh. He has posted these semi-frozen waves, which are a phenomenon of nature not often seen on his JDN Photography website.
Examiner spoke with Jonathan on Feb. 26 via phone at his studio on Nantucket and asked about these waves making a different sound, possibly louder than usual because they are slush-like in texture. He said it was just the opposite, the usual sound of the surf was almost muffled down to no noise at all.
These Slurpee waves were different, they were almost without any sound. These waves made a soft landing on the shore and you didn’t hear the sound of the breaking surf, as one would expect to hear when walking along the beach.
Jonathan was surprised with his new found fame, as people are calling him from all over the country about his fantastic photos. The Nantucket photographer has an eye for the ocean and the surrounding scenery from this small island off the Massachusetts coast. This is seen with his other prints posted on his website.
Sports Act on Feb. 26 reports that these photos taken by Jonathan have become an “Internet Sensation” today. Sports Act reminds their readers to stop and smell the roses, or in this case slushy waves. With all the inconveniences of winter, we tend to forget just how beautiful a season this time of year can be.
Case in point are these slushy waves rolling onto the shores of Nantucket. Thanks to the great eye of one island photographer, the world can see what this little slice of New England is experiencing today. Yes, it’s cold, but look what Mother Nature has created out of this frigid water.
Jonathan said the day he took these photos he noticed something different in the horizon, when “I pulled up to the beach I could see the horizon just look strange.” As he made his way to the top of the dunes, he saw the ocean starting to freeze about 300 yards out from the shoreline. The high temperature was about 19 degrees that day.
Jonathan said his mind was on surfing watching the waves, “The wind was howling from south west which would typically make rough or choppy conditions not so good for surfing, but since the surface of the sea was frozen slush the wind did not change the shape. They were perfect dreamy slush waves.”
He goes on to say, “Most waves were around 2 feet with some larger sets slushing thru around 3 foot or waist high. What an experience to be absolutely freezing on the beach watching these roll in while I mind surfed them. I wonder if a shaper can make me a special designed slurfboard?”
The next day he went to see if the waves had melted, but there were no waves at all. But what he did see was at the same distance of 300 yards off shore, where the waves were the day before, the water was frozen solid on the surface. He said he asked the fishermen and surfers around the island if they had ever seen such a thing. “This is a first they all said.”
These waves are known today as the “The Slurpee Waves of Nantucket,” which is what they’ve been dubbed online. The waves were created by this unusual frigid cold weather that has blanketed New England, including the islands off of Massachusetts, reports CBS News .
The Orion Gazette reports that “Nimerfroh’s local celebrity status has gone viral and the wave of enthusiasm has traveled nationwide.” It is the freezing temperatures that are causing these waves of slush, which almost look like a carpet curling under rather than a wave breaking against the shore.
As CBS News suggests today, the cold temperatures have been frustrating to many, but the temperatures have caused some strange and “interesting natural phenomenon.” Just look at Jonathan’s pictures and you can see that phenomenon!