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Image 02304, 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, Phillip Colla, all rights reserved worldwide.   Keywords: above:aerial:aerial photo:animal:balaenoptera:balaenoptera musculus:balaenopteridae:baleine bleue:ballena azul:behavior:big:blue rorqual:blue whale:blue whale aerial:blue whales:calf:california:cetacea:cetacean:creature:endangered:endangered threatened species:enormous:great blue whale:great northern rorqual:huge:inspirational:juvenile:juvenile calf:large:mammal:marine:marine mammal:mother:mother calf nurturing:musculus:mysticete:mysticeti:nature:ocean:over:pacific:pacific ocean:parent:portfolio:rorqual:rorqual bleu:san diego:sea:sibbald's rorqual:sulphur bottom whale:threatened:usa:whale:whale behavior:whale blow spout:wild:wildlife:young.

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
Image: 02304  -?- 
Species: Balaenoptera musculus
Common name: Blue whale
Range: Oceanic
Other Names: Sulphur bottom whale, Sibbald's rorqual, blue rorqual, great blue whale, great northern rorqual, Ballena azul, rorqual bleu, baleine bleue
Endangered Status: Endangered (IUCN), Endangered (ESA)
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Copyright © Phillip Colla, all rights reserved worldwide.

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