This is a flooded cirque. From the map, it looks like the sea has risen to fill an ancient glacial landscape. This is a common misconception. After sleeping on a boat in these fiords for the past week, I can tell you what is really going on. So much rain falls here, that the sea can't actually handle all the water flowing out of fiordland. You could sell 500 foot waterfalls for fifty cents each and be a millionaire. There just isn't enough room in the Tasman Sea for all that rain, so it just backs up and fills the Fiords. It's the color of tea. Catching fish from 250 metres below the surface happens 250 meters from shore. A shore you can't even stand on.
Snug Cove, Fiordland, NZ
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