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Blue whale underwater closeup photo.  This picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view.  Since this blue whale was approximately 80-90' long and just a few feet from the camera, an extremely wide lens was used to photograph the entire enormous whale, Balaenoptera musculus This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all. Gray whales, two males both with extended penis during courtship socialization, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon Bald eagle makes a splash while in flight as it takes a fish out of the water, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Blue whale underwater closeup photo. This picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view. Since this blue whale was approximately 80-90' long and just a few feet from the camera, an extremely wide lens was used to photograph the entire enormous whale.
Image ID: 27299  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: California, USA
 
Gray whales, two males both with extended penis during courtship socialization, Laguna San Ignacio.
Image ID: 06431  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico
 
Bald eagle makes a splash while in flight as it takes a fish out of the water.
Image ID: 22584  
Species: Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Location: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA
 
The chambered nautilus is a living fossil whose relatives date back 100s of millions of years. The nautilus lives at great depths (1800) within fore-reef habitats of the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is an active swimmer, propelling itself close to the sea floor by expelling  water from its movable siphon, Nautilus pompilius Blue whale underwater photo showing entire whale head (rostrum) to tail (fluke).  This picture of a blue whale shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view.  Specialized underwater camera gear, including an extremely wide lens, was used to capture the entire enormous whale in a single photograph, Balaenoptera musculus 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
The chambered nautilus is a living fossil whose relatives date back 100s of millions of years. The nautilus lives at great depths (1800) within fore-reef habitats of the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is an active swimmer, propelling itself close to the sea floor by expelling water from its movable siphon.
Image ID: 07798  
Species: Chambered nautilus, Nautilus pompilius
 
Blue whale underwater photo showing entire whale head (rostrum) to tail (fluke). This picture of a blue whale shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view. Specialized underwater camera gear, including an extremely wide lens, was used to capture the entire enormous whale in a single photograph.
Image ID: 27300  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 02304  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
San Diego City Skyline viewed from Point Loma
San Diego City Skyline viewed from Point Loma.
Image ID: 29114  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Pano dimensions: 5380 x 19424
 
Strawberry anemone (club-tipped anemone, more correctly a corallimorph), Corynactis californica, Scripps Canyon, La Jolla, California Bull elephant seal exits the water to retake his position on the beach.  He shows considerable scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon 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 This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Strawberry anemone (club-tipped anemone, more correctly a corallimorph).
Image ID: 00578  
Species: Strawberry anemone, Corynactis californica
Location: Scripps Canyon, La Jolla, California, USA
 
Bull elephant seal exits the water to retake his position on the beach. He shows considerable scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15458  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 22288  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Blue whale 80-feet long, full body photograph of an enormous blue whale showing rostrom head to fluke tail, taken at close range with very wide lens, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California A great white shark opens it mouth just before it attacks its prey with a crippling, powerful bite.  After the prey has been disabled, the shark will often wait for it to weaken from blood loss before resuming the attack.  If the shark looses a tooth in the course of the bite, a replacement just behind it will move forward to take its place, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) 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
Blue whale 80-feet long, full body photograph of an enormous blue whale showing rostrom head to fluke tail, taken at close range with very wide lens.
Image ID: 27967  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
A great white shark opens it mouth just before it attacks its prey with a crippling, powerful bite. After the prey has been disabled, the shark will often wait for it to weaken from blood loss before resuming the attack. If the shark looses a tooth in the course of the bite, a replacement just behind it will move forward to take its place.
Image ID: 19452  
Species: Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico
 
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.
Image ID: 25950  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: Redondo Beach, California, USA
 
A Rissos dolphin spyhops, lifting its head above water for a look. Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species.  White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus Spanish shawl  nudibranch, Flabellinopsis iodinea, Flabellina iodinea, Catalina Island Magnificent frigatebird, adult male on nest, with throat pouch inflated, a courtship display to attract females, Fregata magnificens, North Seymour Island
A Rissos dolphin spyhops, lifting its head above water for a look. Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white. Offshore near San Diego.
Image ID: 07598  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Spanish shawl nudibranch.
Image ID: 01063  
Species: Spanish Shawl, Purple Aeolis, Flabellinopsis iodinea, Flabellina iodinea
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Magnificent frigatebird, adult male on nest, with throat pouch inflated, a courtship display to attract females.
Image ID: 16725  
Species: Magnificent frigatebird, Fregata magnificens
Location: North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Bobcat, Sierra Nevada foothills, Mariposa, California, Lynx rufus Sarah's Cavern, a natural sea cave hidden below sea cliffs in Carlsbad, opening onto a flat beach at sunset, inner walls adorned with graffiti
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 00627  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Bobcat, Sierra Nevada foothills, Mariposa, California.
Image ID: 15917  
Species: Bobcat, Lynx rufus
 
Sarah's Cavern, a natural sea cave hidden below sea cliffs in Carlsbad, opening onto a flat beach at sunset, inner walls adorned with graffiti.
Image ID: 22196  
Location: Carlsbad, California, USA
 
Purple sea urchin, spawning, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus Ancient Roman coin, minted by Julius Brusio (85 B.C.), (silver, denom/type: Denarius) (Denarius Juilius Brusio. Bust of genius right, Laur. and winged, trident and symbol behind. Reverse: Victory in quadriga r. L.IVLI.BVRSIO in ex. BMC. 2485.) Mountain lion, Sierra Nevada foothills, Mariposa, California, Puma concolor
Purple sea urchin, spawning.
Image ID: 05346  
Species: Purple urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
 
Ancient Roman coin, minted by Julius Brusio (85 B.C.), (silver, denom/type: Denarius) (Denarius Juilius Brusio. Bust of genius right, Laur. and winged, trident and symbol behind. Reverse: Victory in quadriga r. L.IVLI.BVRSIO in ex. BMC. 2485.).
Image ID: 06510  
 
Mountain lion, Sierra Nevada foothills, Mariposa, California.
Image ID: 15791  
Species: Mountain lion, Puma concolor
 
Bald eagle spreads its wings to land amid a large group of bald eagles, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska Pacific harbor seal swims in the protected waters of Childrens Pool in La Jolla, California.  This group of harbor seals, which has formed a breeding colony at a small but popular beach near San Diego, is at the center of considerable controversy.  While harbor seals are protected from harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other legislation, local interests would like to see the seals leave so that people can resume using the beach, Phoca vitulina richardsi African climbing perch, a freshwater fish native to the Congo river basin, Ctenopoma acutirostre
Bald eagle spreads its wings to land amid a large group of bald eagles.
Image ID: 22681  
Species: Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Location: Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska, USA
 
Pacific harbor seal swims in the protected waters of Childrens Pool in La Jolla, California. This group of harbor seals, which has formed a breeding colony at a small but popular beach near San Diego, is at the center of considerable controversy. While harbor seals are protected from harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other legislation, local interests would like to see the seals leave so that people can resume using the beach.
Image ID: 03018  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
African climbing perch, a freshwater fish native to the Congo river basin.
Image ID: 09340  
Species: African climbing perch, Ctenopoma acutirostre
 
Milky Way over the Watchman, Zion National Park.  The Milky Way galaxy rises in the night sky above the the Watchman A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing.  Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Bald eagle spreads its wings to land amid a large group of bald eagles, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis, Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska
Milky Way over the Watchman, Zion National Park. The Milky Way galaxy rises in the night sky above the the Watchman.
Image ID: 28586  
Location: Zion National Park, Utah, USA
 
A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing. Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15408  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Bald eagle spreads its wings to land amid a large group of bald eagles.
Image ID: 22588  
Species: Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Location: Kachemak Bay, Homer, Alaska, USA
 
Boulders and sunset in Joshua Tree National Park.  The warm sunlight gently lights unusual boulder formations at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park, California Ocean sunfish and freediving photographer, open ocean, Mola mola, San Diego, California
Boulders and sunset in Joshua Tree National Park. The warm sunlight gently lights unusual boulder formations at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park, California.
Image ID: 26726  
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Ocean sunfish and freediving photographer, open ocean.
Image ID: 03325  
Species: Ocean sunfish, Mola mola
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 

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Acanthurus dussumieri
Actinodiscus sp.
Amphiprion barberi
Arctocephalus townsendi
Balaenoptera musculus
Callorhinus ursinus
Carcharodon carcharias
Cervus canadensis
Chelonia mydas
Cleidopus gloriamaris
Conus gloriamaris
Corynactis californica
Crinoidea
Ctenopoma acutirostre
Cyphoma gibbosum
Dendronephthya
Dendronephthya sp.
Eschrichtius robustus
Eschscholtzia californica
Eschscholzia californica
Flabellina iodinea
Flabellinopsis iodinea
Fregata magnificens
Galeocerdo cuvier
Gorgonacea
Grampus griseus
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis
Hypsypops rubicundus
Lynx rufus
Lysmata californica
Macrocystis pyrifera
Manta birostris
Megaptera novaeangliae
Metridium farcimen
Mirounga angustirostris
Mola mola
Nautilus pompilius
Pelecanus occidentalis
Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Phoca vitulina richardsi
Pinus longaeva
Prionace glauca
Pseudanthias
Pterophyllum altum
Puma concolor
Pygoscelis adeliae
Quercus virginiana
Remora sp.
Sarcophyton
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Seriola lalandi
Sphyrna lewini
Strogylocentrotus franciscanus
Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
Sula leucogaster
Thalassia testudinum
Thysanoessa spinifera
Trichechus manatus
Tubastrea micrantha
Ursus arctos
Yucca brevifolia
Zalophus californianus

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