WAVE CRASHING AGAINST ROCKS DEVON
A breaking wave crashes against rocks creating an explosive plume of spray. Shot taken during rough seas at Hartland Quay, North Devon, SW England UK. Strangely, the spray appears to resemble an animal lying on the rocky foreshore. It gives the illusion of a hidden smiling creature, possibly a cat or dog holding onto or lying on the rocks sphinx like. This is our instinctive but incorrect innate ability to see faces in things. It is known as pareidolia, a form of apophenia, which science has explained is a result of natural selection to enhance our fight or flight decisions.
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