Two blue whales, a mother and her calf, swim through the open ocean in this aerial photograph.  The calf is blowing (spouting, exhaling) with a powerful column of spray.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California

Blue Whale Aerial Photo. Two blue whales, a mother and her calf, swim through the open ocean in this aerial photograph. The calf is blowing (spouting, exhaling) with a powerful column of spray. Balaenoptera musculus.

Blue whale, exhaling as it surfaces from a dive, aerial photo.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100' in length and 200 tons in weight, Balaenoptera musculus, Redondo Beach, California

Aerial photo of a blue whale. Blue whale, exhaling as it surfaces from a dive, aerial photo taken off the coast of California.

San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island.  San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, showing geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests

San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, showing geologic terracing, underwater reefs and giant kelp forests

Torrey Pines seacliffs, rising up to 300 feet above the ocean, stretch from Del Mar to La Jolla.  On the mesa atop the bluffs are found Torrey pine trees, one of the rare species of pines in the world, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

Seacliffs, Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla, aerial photo.

Aerial photo of the West End of Catalina Island

Aerial Photo Of Catalina Island

SIO Pier.  The Scripps Institution of Oceanography research pier is 1090 feet long and was built of reinforced concrete in 1988, replacing the original wooden pier built in 1915. The Scripps Pier is home to a variety of sensing equipment above and below water that collects various oceanographic data. The Scripps research diving facility is located at the foot of the pier. Fresh seawater is pumped from the pier to the many tanks and facilities of SIO, including the Birch Aquarium. The Scripps Pier is named in honor of Ellen Browning Scripps, the most significant donor and benefactor of the Institution, La Jolla, California

Scripps Institute of Oceanography research pier, La Jolla.

San Diego Coronado Bridge, known locally as the Coronado Bridge, links San Diego with Coronado, California.  The bridge was completed in 1969 and was a toll bridge until 2002.  It is 2.1 miles long and reaches a height of 200 feet above San Diego Bay.  Coronado Island is to the left, and downtown San Diego is to the right in this view looking north

Aerial photo of the San Diego Coronado Bridge, which links San Diego with Coronado Island.

Aerial photo of gray whale calf and mother. This baby gray whale was born during the southern migration, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, San Clemente

Gray Whale Mother And Calf, Aerial Photo, San Clemente

Downtown San Diego and USS Midway.  The USS Midway was a US Navy aircraft carrier, launched in 1945 and active through the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, as of 2008 a museum along the downtown waterfront in San Diego

Aerial photo of downtown San Diego and USS Midway aircraft carrier museum.

New Point Loma Lighthouse, situated on the tip of Point Loma Peninsula, marks the entrance to San Diego Bay.  The lighthouse rises 70' and was built in 1891 to replace the "old"  Point Loma Lighthouse which was often shrouded in fog

New Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego

Middle Coronado Island, viewed from the south, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Middle Coronado Island, Islas Coronado, Mexico, viewed from the south.

North Coronado Island, Mexico, northern point looking south with Middle and South Islands in the distance, aerial photograph, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

North Coronado Island, Mexico, Aerial Photograph, Coronado Islands

Webster Point, Santa Barbara Island, aerial photograph

Webster Point Santa Barbara Island Aerial Photo

Point Bennett, San Miguel Island, aerial photograph

Point Bennett San Miguel Island Aerial Photo

Aerial photo of gray whale calf and mother. This baby gray whale was born during the southern migration, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, San Clemente

Gray Whale Mother And Calf, Aerial Photo, San Clemente

Gray whale blowing at the ocean surface, exhaling and breathing as it prepares to dive underwater, Eschrichtius robustus, Encinitas, California

Gray Whale Aerial Photo, Encinitas

Blue whale swims at the surface of the ocean in this aerial photograph.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100' in length and 200 tons in weight, Balaenoptera musculus, Redondo Beach, California

Blue whale swims at the surface of the ocean in this aerial photograph. Balaenoptera musculus.

San Miguel Island, aerial photograph

San Miguel Island Aerial Photo

Torrey Pines balloon aerial survey photo.  Torrey Pines seacliffs, rising up to 300 feet above the ocean, stretch from Del Mar to La Jolla. On the mesa atop the bluffs are found Torrey pine trees, one of the rare species of pines in the world. Peregine falcons nest at the edge of the cliffs. This photo was made as part of an experimental balloon aerial photographic survey flight over Torrey Pines State Reserve, by permission of Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California

180-degree north-south panorama of Torrey Pines State Reserve seacliffs, with flat rock and Torrey Pines State Beach, photographed with a balloon aerial survey photography rig.

Aerial Panorama of La Jolla, University City, showing (from left) UCSD, University City, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla Shores, Point La Jolla, Mount Soledad, in the background some of the mountains to the east of San Diego.  The highest peak in the center of the panoram is Cuyamaca Peak (6512') while the rocky peak directly in front of it is El Cajon Mountain (3675')

Aerial Panorama Of La Jolla And University City

San Miguel Island south side, aerial photograph

San Miguel Island Aerial Photo

Anacapa Island, west end, aerial photo

Anacapa Island Aerial Photo

Anacapa Island, aerial photo

Anacapa Island Aerial Photo

Anacapa Island, east end, aerial photo

Anacapa Island Aerial Photo

Aerial photograph of Land's End and the Arch, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Land's End, Cabo San Lucas, Aerial Photo

A blue whale eating krill.  This blue whale is seen feeding and surfacing amid krill with its throat fully engorged with krill and water.  It will push the water back out with its tongue, trapping the krill in its baleen which acts like a filter. Aerial photo, Baja California, Balaenoptera musculus

Blue whale eating krill, aerial photo, the mouth and throat pleats are engorged with water and krill. Aerial photo, Baja California.

Aerial photo of gray whale calf and mother. This baby gray whale was born during the southern migration, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, San Clemente

Gray Whale Mother And Calf, Aerial Photo, San Clemente

The Children's Pool in La Jolla, also known as Casa Cove, is a small pocket cove protected by a curving seawall, with the rocky coastline and cottages and homes of La Jolla seen behind it

The Children's Pool In La Jolla

Mariner Mountain, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, part of Strathcona Provincial Park, located 36 km (22 mi) north of Tofino.  It is 1,771 m (5,810 ft) high, snow covered year-round and home to several glaciers

Mariner Mountain, Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island

Coastal mountains and clouds, rising above Bedwell Sound (hidden by clouds) and Clayoquot Sound, near Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island

Coastal mountains and clouds, Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada

Old Point Loma Lighthouse, sitting high atop the end of Point Loma peninsula, seen here with San Diego Bay and downtown San Diego in the distance.  The old Point Loma lighthouse operated from 1855 to 1891 above the entrance to San Diego Bay. It is now a maintained by the National Park Service and is part of Cabrillo National Monument

Old Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego

San Diego mountains, with the Sawtooth Mountain Range in the distance, near Mount Laguna

San Diego Mountains

Jacumba Mountains and In-Ko-Pah Mountains, east of San Diego, showing erosion as the mountain ranges ends and meets desert habitat

Jacumba Mountains And In-ko-pah Mountains, San Diego

San Diego mountains, aerial photograph

San Diego Mountains Aerial Photo

Batiquitos Lagoon aerial view, showing coastline and Interstate 5 freeway, Carlsbad, California

Batiquitos Lagoon Aerial View, Carlsbad

Coronado Shores, a group of 10 condominium buildings south of the Hotel Del, on the water on Coronado Island, San Diego, California

Coronado Shores, San Diego

Glacier and rocky peaks, Resurrection Mountains

Glacier, Resurrection Mountains, Alaska

The Kenai Mountains rise above thick ice sheets and the Harding Icefield which is one of the largest icefields in Alaska and gives rise to over 30 glaciers, Kenai Range, Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Range, Alaska

The Kenai Mountains rise above thick ice sheets and the Harding Icefield which is one of the largest icefields in Alaska and gives rise to over 30 glaciers, Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Cow Bay (left) and Flores Island, aerial photo, part of Clayoquot Sound, near Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island

Cow Bay (Left) And Flores Island, Tofino