January 1, 2016

A Monolithic Gathering

Photograph by Andy Chisholm, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Andy Chisholm was taking a break from a rigorous surfing session when he captured from the flybridge of his boat this photo of a “feeding frenzy.” The rock towering above the waves—Eddystone, an ancient remnant of the mainland—is about 27 kilometers (17 miles) off the coast of Tasmania, Australia, and some seabirds have been recorded nesting there. In this photo, New Zealand fur seals join albatrosses and seagulls in the apparent feast.

Chisholms’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.

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19 comments
Juliano Pastorino
Juliano Pastorino

Amazing photo! Some of the seabirds are unmistakably Gannets (Morus serrator), because of the white body, partially black wings, and apricot head. They dive from 10 m (or more) above the surface.

ethel wice
ethel wice

fantastic photo.thanks for sharing

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw

Image of the ancient sentinel is arresting; the overpowering surge of the ocean breath-taking.

Zanne Lexow
Zanne Lexow

This is just such a perfect capture of everything that makes my love of photography that much greater. Light Clarity, Movement against the strength of the stone. I can look at it for hours ... I think I will.

kaushik kumar
kaushik kumar

Very powerful and bright photo...awesome caption.....

Susan Miller
Susan Miller

Wow! This is amazing- a real sense of time and space!

Stu Lavitt
Stu Lavitt

Magnificent shot the ocean has so much power

Nuno França
Nuno França

Wow!
What a great photo! For me, this is one of the best photos I saw here in Photo of the Day! 

Morteza Cameran
Morteza Cameran

The pure feeling of life and being safe from the wild waves for the ones nesting on the rock above the waves.

mike dalena
mike dalena

Interesting choice to ring in the new year. Can read all kinds of things into this image. Beautiful.

Ranjith Herath
Ranjith Herath

Power and beauty of the nature within one frame!

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