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The leading image shows a huge wave in Porto Moniz captured by  Rui Nélson, a popular photographer on the island.

The photograph that went viral on the internet was taken from his mobile phone: “I did not have much time to think. I took the phone and took the photo but soon realised that I could have made a photograph that could impress by the height the wave had”, he explained. “I think it could have been between 18 and 20 meters, we only have as a reference the height of the restaurant”.

Soon after this photo was taken, 3 more great images came in from Filipe Teixeira who recorded the beautiful photographs below, taking advantage of the caption with the following sentence: “The ‘cannon’ of Porto Moniz”, an allusion to the ‘cannon’ of Nazaré, which is also internationally recognised for recording giant waves.