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Jellyfish, Chrysaora colorata, San Diego, California Juvenile garibaldi and purple urchins, Coronado Islands, Hypsypops rubicundus, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus,, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) Gorgonian in kelp forest, Lophogorgia chilensis, San Clemente Island Califonia cone, Coronado Islands, Conus californicus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) A Florida manatee, or West Indian Manatee, swims slowly through the clear waters of Crystal River, Trichechus manatus, Three Sisters Springs Salema, Xenistius californiensis, Catalina Island Adult male humpback whale singing, suspended motionless underwater.  Only male humpbacks have been observed singing.  All humpbacks in the North Pacific sing the same whale song each year, and the song changes slightly from one year to the next, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui California sea lion colony, Los Coronado Islands, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) Scalloped hammerhead shark swims underwater at Cocos Island.  The hammerheads eyes and other sensor organs are placed far apart on its wide head to give the shark greater ability to sense the location of prey, Sphyrna lewini Ocean sunfish, dorsal fin at water surface, open ocean, Mola mola, San Diego, California Ocean sunfish with mouth for slurping zooplankton, open ocean, Mola mola, San Diego, California Humpback whale breaching with pectoral fins lifting spray from the ocean surface, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale breaching, Megaptera novaeangliae, Molokai Humpback whale breaching, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale rostrum, dorsal aspect, showing tubercles, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale rostrum, dorsal aspect, showing tubercles, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Killer whale (orca), Orcinus orca, Frederick Sound Kelp forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Common dolphin leaping (porpoising), Delphinus delphis, San Diego, California Silky shark, dorsal fin breaking surface, Carcharhinus falciformis, Cocos Island Aggregating anemone mouth detail, Anthopleura elegantissima, San Miguel Island Iglesias Falls, waterfall, Cocos Island Nazca booby, Punta Suarez, Sula granti, Hood Island North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Pacific manta ray with remora, San Benedicto Island, Revilligigedos, Manta birostris, Remora Gray whales, two males both with extended penis during courtship socialization, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon Barrier dunes between Los Osos and Morro Bay Roman emperor Claudius II Gothicus (268-270 A.D.), depicted on ancient Roman coin (bronze, denom/type: Antoninianus) (Antoninianus EF. Obverse: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG. Reverse: SALVS AVG.) Roman emperor Licinius I (307-324 A.D.), depicted on ancient Roman coin (bronze, denom/type: Follis) Roman emperor Licinius I (307-324 A.D.), depicted on ancient Roman coin (bronze, denom/type: Follis) Roman emperor Constantine I (307-337 A.D.), depicted on ancient Roman coin (bronze, denom/type: Follis) North Pacific Yellowtail school under a patch of drift kelp, open ocean, Seriola lalandi, San Diego, California An enormous blue whale swims in front of whale watchers on a private yacht.  Only a small portion of the whale, which dwarfs the boat and may be 70 feet or more in length, can be seen. Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus A great white shark swims through the clear waters of Isla Guadalupe, far offshore of the Pacific Coast of Baja California.  Guadalupe Island is host to a concentration of large great white sharks, which visit the island to feed on pinnipeds and tuna, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) A great white shark swims just below the rippled ocean surface of Isla Guadalupe, far offshore of the Pacific Coast of Baja California, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Glory of the Sea cone shell, brown form.  The Glory of the Sea cone shell, once one of the rarest and most sought after of all seashells, remains the most famous and one of the most desireable shells for modern collectors, Conus gloriamaris Glory of the Sea cone shell, brown form.  The Glory of the Sea cone shell, once one of the rarest and most sought after of all seashells, remains the most famous and one of the most desireable shells for modern collectors, Conus gloriamaris Detail showing tenting pattern, Glory of the Sea cone shell, gold form.  The Glory of the Sea cone shell, once one of the rarest and most sought after of all seashells, remains the most famous and one of the most desireable shells for modern collectors, Conus gloriamaris Four-eyed fish, found in the Amazon River delta of South America.  The name four-eyed fish is actually a misnomer.  It has only two eyes, but both are divided into aerial and aquatic parts.  The two retinal regions of each eye, working in concert with two different curvatures of the eyeball above and below water to account for the difference in light refractivity for air and water, allow this amazing fish to see clearly above and below the water surface simultaneously, Anableps anableps A blue whale raises its fluke before diving in search of food.  The blue whale is the largest animal on earth, reaching 80 feet in length and weighing as much as 300,000 pounds.  North Coronado Island is in the background, Balaenoptera musculus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) Lembert Dome and late afternoon clouds rise above Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra, catching the fading light of sunset, Yosemite National Park, California Caribbean reef shark, ampullae of Lorenzini visible on snout, Carcharhinus perezi Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier Tiger shark and live sharksucker (remora), Galeocerdo cuvier, Echeneis naucrates Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris Common cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis Harris hawk devours a dove, Parabuteo unicinctus Mountain lion, Puma concolor Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls, viewed from the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California   more ...

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