Aerial Photo of blue whale mother and calf, 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. San Diego, California, USA, Balaenoptera musculus, natural history stock photograph, photo id 02304
This image shows a blue whale pair likely composed of a mother and calf. Blue whale calves will accompany their mothers for approximately a year before being weaned. Female blue whales are larger than males, an adaptation enabling a mother to cope with the physical demands of calving and nursing.

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. San Diego, California, USA

Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 02304
Format: Film 2:3
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