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a king penguin standing in the snow
February 20, 2014

Whaling Away

"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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Photograph by Douglas Gimesy, National Geographic Your Shot

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