Horses gallop ‘on the bottom of the ocean’

Horses gallop 'on the bottom of the ocean'
Photo: DPA
More than 35,000 people came out to see the 35th annual Duhner Wattrennen, a series of horse races that took place on the tidal flats near Cuxhaven in Lower Saxony on Sunday.

Visitors flocked in early with chairs, binoculars and picnic baskets to get a good spot for the event, which bills itself as the “race at the bottom of the sea.” Spectators were allowed to place bets on each race. Bets began at €1.

The Local’s photo gallery of the race “on the bottom of the ocean.”

The horses ran a total of 12 races, including steeplechases and Thoroughbred racing along the 1.2 kilometre oval track set up for the day’s events. Between races, visitors placed their next bets while taking in an air show featuring parachutists and the Graf Zeppelin, a naval air squad stationed at nearby Nordholz.

The first race on the Duhner beaches took place 107 years ago. After a long break, the races have become an annual event since 1975. Next year’s race is already planned for July 18, 2010.

Germany’s Wattenmeer – North Sea tidal mudflats which are feeding grounds to millions of migratory birds and a unique ecosystem – was made a world natural heritage site by UNESCO last month.

Click here for a photo gallery of the Wattenmeer.

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