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Belgium-sized rocky mass adrift off New Zealand (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

  gigantic raft of volcanic pumice pebbles has been spotted floating off the coast of New Zealand. The brilliant white rock mass is made of thousands of golf-ball-sized stones, believed to have been belched forth from an underwater volcano.

Tim Oscar, a lieutenant with the New Zealand navy who was one of the first to set eyes on the volcanic phenomenon said it was the “weirdest thing” he had seen in 18 years at sea.

HMNZS Canterbury was the first to discover the pebbly mass 85 nautical miles south-west of Raoul Island on Thursday night. The ship’s lookout reported a strange shadow on the ocean’s surface and called for the ship’s spotlight to be trained in the area.

It illuminated a brilliant white sheet that stretched as far as the eye could see.

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