by D. Brookes
The sea which flows around the Ballestas Islands in Peru is fed by the Humboldt current, with an upwelling rich in nutrients making it what biologists call an area of high primary productivity.
This nutrient and plankton-rich soup supports abundant sea life which is why thousands of birds, sea lions and penguin pack the tiny rocky outcrops.
This special photo is in the May Inside-Peru Photo Contest.
It is also entered in the 2011 Photo of the Year - Inside-Peru Photo Contest.
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