Yes, trying times this week for anyone wanting to swim from Wellington beaches.
First, there was a lot of Spring pollen in the sea. On another day, there was a leak of sewage into the harbour. The next day a water main broke and swimmers were told not to go in the water. Now, today Friday, we have a tsunami warning emanating from this morning's 7.1 earthquake off the East Coast.
I live about 300 metres from the sea.
I think (hope) it's only going to be a mini tsunami, the water will only be a little higher than normal...
But I don't think I'll swim today. Or paddle. And walking along a beach is most definitely out..
Later: the tides only rose 30cm higher than usual.