Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, #03043

Blue whale, lifting fluke before diving, Baja California., Balaenoptera musculus, natural history stock photograph, photo id 03043
Blue whales often raise their flukes out of the water as they begin a steep dive. In this photo, note the blue whale's thick caudal stem which powers the fluke up and down -- it is composed of the strongest group of muscles in the animal kingdom.

Blue whale, lifting fluke before diving, Baja California.

Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Image ID: 03043
Format: Film 3:2
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