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Volcanologists spy pink 'dinosaur' on remote webcam

A pink dinosaur has started popping up in webcam photos of a remote New Zealand volcano.
A pink dinosaur has started popping up in webcam photos of a remote New Zealand volcano. Geological and Nuclear Sciences

Scientists using a camera to monitor a remote New Zealand volcano over the Internet have struck an odd problem - a pink dinosaur.

New Zealand's Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) has installed a digital camera in the crater of a volcano which makes up most of White Island in the Bay of Plenty, east of Auckland.

The often-active volcano draws tourists by boat but most people do not go ashore on the uninhabited, rumbling island.

To keep a close watch, GNS installed a digital camera on the island and posts a shot taken every hour on its website (www.geonet.org.nz).

But last week a pink dinosaur started appearing in the photos (http://www.geonet.org.nz/images/whiteis.jpg).

"Some wag has glued a pink dinosaur in front of our digital camera," GNS's John Callan said.

"A number of people have been emailing us asking what the dinosaur is all about."

They are not planning to remove it, counting on the sulphur and high acid environment to deal with the creature.

-- AFP




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