A photographer has captured the moment a wave crashed into a wall, forming a face shape reminiscent of Poseidon.
The outline of a face with a crown can be seen in the crest of a 30ft wave whipped up by Storm Justine.
Mathieu Rivrin, who captured the incredible moment near his home in Lesconil, Brittany, was shocked to see what he thought was the face of the Greek god.
The 31-year-old said: “When I took the images, the most powerful waves of the storm were striking the French coast.
“The waves were 10m high and when they hit the wall, the explosion was sometimes around 50m high.
“I saw the incredible image of Poseidon with his crown, coming out of the ocean with his face in the wave.’
“I seek to show all the beauty, elegance and life that a wave can offer you.”
In Greek mythology Poseidon is the violent and ill-tempered god of the sea, as well as the feared provoker of earthquakes and creator of the horse.
A hot-blooded deity, Poseidon had many disputes with both gods and men, most famously with Athena and Odysseus.
His appearance came as Storm Justine blew 100km plus winds across parts of Spain and France this weekend.