The supertide that hits areas of northern France and southern England once every eighteen years swept through again over the weekend.
As the waters ebbed and flowed at extreme levels, thousands of tourists gathered at France's Mont Saint-Michel world heritage site on Saturday for the occasion. High watermark saw the historic 11th-century abbey separated from the mainland as the bay around the island commune rose to engulf its connecting bridge.
The tidal surge is linked to the rare alignment of celestial bodies that also resulted in a solar eclipse on Friday, NBC News explained. The unusual gravitational pull caused waters to rise just shy of the 46 feet that was predicted.
Since time and tide wait for no man, the abbey's isolation lasted just a few minutes but held long enough to capture these amazing photos.