Aku-Aku Eclipse

Easter Island

July 11th, 2010

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Petroglyphs at Papa Vaka

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2010-07-11 21:58 UTC Click images for enlargements.

This site, just off the north coastal road, has a fine collection of petroglyphs carved on slabs of basalt which emerge from the ground. We were lucky to visit the site late in the afternoon on a clear day (after the eclipse, as a matter of fact), where the oblique Sun nicely highlighted the shallow carvings.

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2010-07-11 22:09 UTC

Some of the petroglyphs can be difficult to figure out, but these are pretty clearly a fish and maybe an octopus.

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2010-07-11 22:11 UTC

Here are a tuna above and, below it and to the right, a shark with more dorsal fins than I'm aware of any species being equipped.

by John Walker
July 20th, 2010
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