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

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

California sea lions, Coronado Islands, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

California Sea Lion, Coronado Islands

California sea lion, Coronado Islands, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

California Sea Lion, Coronado Islands

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

California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

California Sea Lion, Coronado Islands

Brown pelicans feeding on krill, Pelecanus occidentalis, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Brown pelicans feeding en masse on clouds of krill, Coronado Islands, Mexico

Fin whale dorsal fin.  The fin whale is named for its tall, falcate dorsal fin.  Mariners often refer to them as finback whales.  Coronado Islands, Mexico (northern Baja California, near San Diego), Balaenoptera physalus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Fin Whale, Coronado Islands

California sea lion, Coronados Islands, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

California Sea Lion, Coronado Islands

California sea lion, Coronado Islands, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

California Sea Lion, Coronado Islands

Garibaldi, Coronado Islands, Hypsypops rubicundus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Garibaldi, Coronado Islands

Gray whales traveling south to Mexico during their winter migration.  The annual migration of the California gray whale is the longest known migration of any mammal, 10,000 to 12,000 miles from the Bering Sea to Baja California, Eschrichtius robustus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Migrating Gray Whale, Aerial Photo, Coronado Islands

A blue whale raises its fluke before diving in search of food.  The blue whale is the largest animal on earth, reaching 80 feet in length and weighing as much as 300,000 pounds.  Near Islas Coronado (Coronado Islands), Balaenoptera musculus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Blue Whale, Coronado Islands

A blue whale raises its fluke before diving in search of food.  The blue whale is the largest animal on earth, reaching 80 feet in length and weighing as much as 300,000 pounds.  North Coronado Island is in the background, Balaenoptera musculus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Blue whale raising its fluke in front of the Coronado Islands, Mexico.

South Coronado Island, Mexico, northern point showing underwater reef structure, aerial photograph, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

South Coronado Island, Mexico, Aerial Photograph, Coronado Islands

South Coronado Island, Mexico, southern point looking north, Middle and North Islands in the distance, aerial photograph, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

South Coronado Island, Mexico, Aerial Photograph, Coronado Islands

North Island, northwest exposure, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Coronado Islands

Zoanthid anemones, Coronado Islands, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Undescribed zoanthid anemones, Coronado Islands, Mexico.

Pelagic red tuna crabs, Coronado Islands, Pleuroncodes planipes, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Pelagic red tuna crabs, Pleuroncodes planipes, swimming en masse near the Coronado Islands, Mexico. These red crabs are a food source for blue whales.

Zoanthid anemones, Coronado Islands, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Undescribed zoanthid anemones, Coronado Islands, Mexico.

Garibaldi juvenile, vibrant spots distinguish it from pure orange adult form, Coronado Islands, Hypsypops rubicundus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Garibaldi, Coronado Islands

Cormorant colony, Coronado Islands, Mexico, Phalacrocorax, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Cormorants, Coronado Islands