February 20, 2014

Whaling Away

Photograph by Douglas Gimesy, National Geographic Your Shot

"At the now abandoned Grytviken whaling station in South Georgia, this lone king penguin stood motionless for several hours, like a solitary sentinel, guarding memories of atrocities past, ensuring that no one forgot what happened here," writes Your Shot contributor Douglas Gimesy. The station processed tens of thousands of slaughtered whales during its nearly 60 years in operation.

"After about two hours of gentle wind, the breeze stopped, it fell silent, and the snow started to fall, making the moment even more poignant."

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60 comments
dr hysm
dr hysm

loonely......................cool

Nima Iyer
Nima Iyer

beautiful shot. it tells you a story

Roger Pike
Roger Pike

Amazing photo, and the history of the location.

Alastair Wilson
Alastair Wilson

Nice simple photo with much more story than it first seems. I was lucky to call this place home for two and a half years while working for the British Antarctic Survey at King Edward Point studying the Fur Seals and Gentoo Penguins.

Jeff Blondin
Jeff Blondin

Lovely photo but I feel a sense of sadness about it. This beautiful creature lost in the cement and steel world of humans used to slaughter the penguin's kin. 

E Letivic
E Letivic

a meloncoly pic in a way.


Nice shot.


Rosy M.
Rosy M.

Amazing shot! He's so beautiful!

Douglas Gimesy
Douglas Gimesy

Thank you everyone for you positive comments, both about my picture, and in supporting conservation/caring about other species etc.

I was very fortunate to be there.

Please feel free to contact me via  the Your Shot link to the photo (below) if you have any questions about it.

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/2744744/

Regards,

Doug

Ivan Lesica
Ivan Lesica

Beautiful.....Love the flying snow....

George Britton
George Britton

-  What gives the people the right to kill, regardless of the specie. If animals have a sense of respect for life why can't we if we are suppose to be the homo-sapiens race? 

Lisa Susin
Lisa Susin

Beautiful capture,  So lonesome.   I wasn't familiar with were the Grytviken whaling station in South Georgia was,  so I googled it.    I hope that within my lifetime the mass slaughtering of our wildlife stops!  

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

You're very welcome, Doug. And thank you too. Joy,,,,,,

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

No picture I have seen to date, has touched me as much as this one has. My eyes fill with tears, at its sight and the thought of all that horror. And yet we will not stop. Our world yes, but their kingdom surely. When will we realize this?  j.e.s.   

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Working with Wildlife and also Marine wildlife for the last 30 years, I was privilaged in also raising and handling sick and injured penguins that were washed out on our shores here in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. We had an oil soaked King Penguin wash up on our shore - not a usual sight for us here as they are not naturally in our area, but what a beautiful bird and so much larger than the others we have here. This photo reminds me of how majestic they are. What a beautiful photo captured with the snow. He just looks so lonely and one wonders where the others are. The mass slaughtering of whales and seals and as Bev also mentions the slaughter plants for horses - where and when will it ever stop?

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Yes, it is really sad and the memory is horrible.  Now they are pushing to re-open horse slaughter plants and no one will stop them. 

Douglas Gimesy
Douglas Gimesy

@Sandra Hickman  

Thanks Sandra for liking the photo, however more importantly, thank you for working with marine wildlife for the last 30 years and caring for sick animals.

Regards,

Doug

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