The title refers to the animal shape of the jagged cliffs that jut out above the sea somewhere along the Scottish coast. In the foreground, men haul in the shattered remains of a boat that has crashed against the rocks. The sky and turbulent water suggest a passing storm. This is one of six Scottish subjects that Duncanson executed late in his career, probably after a trip he made to England and Scotland. The son of biracial parents, Duncanson achieved international recognition for his landscapes.