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California sea lions, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Add To Light Table Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California Add To Light Table California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Add To Light Table
California sea lions.
Image ID: 00957  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Gray whale.
Image ID: 01182  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
California sea lion.
Image ID: 01924  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion, thermoregulating, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Add To Light Table California sea lion haulout, juveniles and adult male, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Add To Light Table California sea lion colony, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Add To Light Table
California sea lion, thermoregulating.
Image ID: 01956  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion haulout, juveniles and adult male.
Image ID: 02913  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion colony.
Image ID: 03226  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Proliferating anemone with attached juveniles, growing on kelp stipe, Epiactis prolifera, Monterey, California Add To Light Table Nudibranch, Cadlina luteomarginata, Monterey, California Add To Light Table Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae, Hermissenda crassicornis, Monterey, California Add To Light Table
Proliferating anemone with attached juveniles, growing on kelp stipe.
Image ID: 00573  
Species: Proliferating anemone, Epiactis prolifera
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Nudibranch.
Image ID: 00639  
Species: Yellow-marginate nudibranch, Cadlina luteomarginata
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae.
Image ID: 01064  
Species: Opalescent nudibranch, Hermissenda crassicornis
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Gray whale, neonate calf with embryonic folds visible, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Add To Light Table Gray whale, blow, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California Add To Light Table Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Add To Light Table
Gray whale, neonate calf with embryonic folds visible.
Image ID: 01129  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Gray whale, blow.
Image ID: 01170  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
Gray whale.
Image ID: 01190  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae, Hermissenda crassicornis, Monterey, California Add To Light Table Orange cup coral, Balanophyllia elegans, Monterey, California Add To Light Table A bull elephant seal (adult male) surveys the beach.  The huge proboscis is characteristic of the species. Scarring from combat with other males.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table
Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae.
Image ID: 05285  
Species: Opalescent nudibranch, Hermissenda crassicornis
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Orange cup coral.
Image ID: 02559  
Species: Orange cup coral, Balanophyllia elegans
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
A bull elephant seal (adult male) surveys the beach. The huge proboscis is characteristic of the species. Scarring from combat with other males. Central California.
Image ID: 15460  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory.  Winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table Gray whale, raising fluke to dive, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California Add To Light Table Gray whale, raising fluke to dive, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California Add To Light Table
Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory. Winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15489  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Gray whale, raising fluke to dive.
Image ID: 05780  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
Gray whale, raising fluke to dive.
Image ID: 05781  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks, Zalophus californianus Add To Light Table A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Add To Light Table Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, Mirounga angustirostris, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table
California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks.
Image ID: 21566  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21612  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35141  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, Mirounga angustirostris, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 35142  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Image ID: 35143  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35145  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, Mirounga angustirostris, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, Mirounga angustirostris, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, Mirounga angustirostris, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35146  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35148  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35151  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, Mirounga angustirostris, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, Mirounga angustirostris, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, Mirounga angustirostris, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35153  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35154  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35155  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 

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Categories Appearing Among These Images:
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (California)  >  Piedras Blancas
Animal  >  Bird  >  Gull (Laridae)
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Juvenile / Calf
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Anatomy  >  Neonatal / Embryonic Fold
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Anatomy  >  Whale Fluke / Tail
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Behavior  >  Whale Blow / Spout
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Mammal  >  Otter  >  Sea Otter
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Anemone
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Corallimorphs / False Coral
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Hard / Stony Coral
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Crustacean  >  Barnacle
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Anatomy  >  Polyp
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Behavior  >  Feeding
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Behavior  >  Reproduction / Mating
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Mollusk  >  Gastropods / Snail  >  Nudibranch / Sea Slug
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  California Sea Lion
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Juvenile / Pup
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal  >  Female Disputes
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal  >  Fighting Elephant Seals
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Ear
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Elephant Seal Proboscis
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Eye
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Scar / Wound
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Sexual Dimorphism / Male - Female Difference
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Whisker
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Elephant Seal Bellowing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Mating / Courtship
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Mother / Pup / Nurturing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Nursing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Territorial Dispute
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Thermoregulation
Environmental Issues / Problems  >  Entanglement  >  Fishing Line Injury
Gallery  >  Anemone
Gallery  >  California
Gallery  >  California Sea Lion
Gallery  >  Cetacean
Gallery  >  Elephant Seal
Gallery  >  Gray Whale
Gallery  >  Icon
Gallery  >  Nudibranch
Gallery  >  Seals and Sea Lions
Gallery  >  Wildlife Portraits
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Monterey Peninsula
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (California)  >  Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Big Sur
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Monterey
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Moss Landing  >  Elkhorn Slough
Subject  >  Technique  >  Underwater

Species Appearing Among These Images:
Balanophyllia elegans
Cadlina luteomarginata
Corynactis californica
Enhydra lutris
Epiactis prolifera
Eschrichtius robustus
Hermissenda crassicornis
Megabalanus californicus
Mirounga angustirostris
Zalophus californianus

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Updated: October 23, 2021