One of the most interesting natural spectacles which can be seen off of the North Carolina coast, is when northern gannets congregate close to shore to feed. Gannets, which are closely related to pelicans, dive from the air into the water to catch their food. This dive may begin as much as 100ft above the ocean’s surface. When 10,000 or more gannets get together to feed, the show can be spectacular. The following are a few pictures I shot when just such a group came together off Wrightsville Beach on December 27th, 2010.