Blue whales can swim fast, with burst up to 20 knots. Long and streamlined, they are capable of sustaining speeds of 5 to 10 knots while traveling or foraging for food. Enormous muscles in a blue whale's caudal flanks and peduncle power its wide flukes up and down.
Blue whale fluking up (raising its tail) before a dive to forage for krill, Baja California (Mexico).
Stock Photo: 03332
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Lat/Long: 32° 43' 8.° N, 117° 16' 1.° W (Coordinates: 32.71891°, -117.26695°)
Format: Film 3:2
Other Names: Sulphur bottom whale, Sibbald's rorqual, blue rorqual, great blue whale, great northern rorqual, Ballena azul, rorqual bleu, baleine bleue
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