What Happens When Waves Freeze? This Photographer Has Captured an Incredibly Rare Phenomenon

These stunning photos are like nothing you've ever seen before

Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh

When surf and travel photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh
headed down to his local beach on a cold day recently, he knew he was going to capture something special… and also extremely rare.

Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh

“It’s been super cold here,” he later told Stay Wild magazine. “The harbor to the main land is frozen solid. No boats running. [But] I was totally tripping when I pulled up to the beach and saw this.”

The waves he saw hitting the beach in Nantucket, a small island off the coast of the US state of Massachusetts, were frozen.

Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh

Except that they weren’t completely frozen. Instead, they were full of ice, but still had enough liquid in them to behave almost like normal waves. Almost, but not quite.

The ice prevented the waves from breaking, so instead of a lot of white water, they formed these perfect curls.

Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh

The consistency reminded Nimerfroh of slush puppies. So he nicknamed the stunning photo series he captured “slurpee waves”.

Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh

The following day apparently the sea was completely frozen up to 200 metres off shore meaning the slurpee waves were a short-lived phenomenon.

Photo: Jonathan Nimerfroh

You can see more photos and order prints from Jonathan’s website.

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