This Week's Most Frequently Viewed Images

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A huge blue whale swims through the open ocean in this aerial photograph.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth, Balaenoptera musculus
A huge blue whale swims through the open ocean in this aerial photograph. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth.
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Image ID: 02169  
Enormous blue whale, exhaling as it surfaces from a dive, aerial photo.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100' in length and 200 tons in weight, Balaenoptera musculus, Redondo Beach, California
Enormous blue whale, exhaling as it surfaces from a dive, aerial photo. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on Earth, exceeding 100' in length and 200 tons in weight.
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: Redondo Beach, California
Image ID: 25950  
San Clemente Island, rugged barren coastline and island terrain surrounded by lush underwater kelp forests and marine life
San Clemente Island, rugged barren coastline and island terrain surrounded by lush underwater kelp forests and marine life.
Location: San Clemente Island, California
Image ID: 26012  
Water Lily Pond, Green Harmony, 1899, Claude Monet, Musee d'Orsay, Paris, Musee dOrsay
Water Lily Pond, Green Harmony, 1899, Claude Monet, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.
Location: Musee dOrsay, Paris, France
Image ID: 35615  
A great white shark swims underwater through the ocean at Guadalupe Island, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
A great white shark swims underwater through the ocean at Guadalupe Island.
Species: Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 21347  
Adams River sockeye salmon.  A female sockeye salmon swims upstream in the Adams River to spawn, having traveled hundreds of miles upstream from the ocean, Oncorhynchus nerka, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Adams River sockeye salmon. A female sockeye salmon swims upstream in the Adams River to spawn, having traveled hundreds of miles upstream from the ocean.
Species: Sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka
Location: Adams River, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Image ID: 26170  
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, Catalina Island
Sunlight streams through giant kelp forest. Giant kelp, the fastest growing plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky reef to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Catalina Island, California
Image ID: 33434  
Sailing stone on the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California
Sailing stone on the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California
Image ID: 27689  
West Indian manatee calf with viral skin infection covering body, Trichechus manatus, Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, Florida
West Indian manatee calf with viral skin infection covering body.
Species: West indian manatee, Trichechus manatus
Location: Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, Florida
Image ID: 06104  
Ceiling art detail, Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France
Ceiling art detail.
Location: Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France
Image ID: 28069  
Panorama dimensions: 5392 x 6250
An enormous blue whale rounds out (hunches up its back) before diving.  Note the distinctive mottled skin pattern and small, falcate dorsal fin. Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus
An enormous blue whale rounds out (hunches up its back) before diving. Note the distinctive mottled skin pattern and small, falcate dorsal fin. Open ocean offshore of San Diego.
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 07577  
Inside the Louvre Museum, Paris, Musee du Louvre
Inside the Louvre Museum, Paris.
Location: Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
Image ID: 28042  
Jumbo Rocks at sunset, warm last light falling on the boulders, Joshua Tree National Park, California
Jumbo Rocks at sunset, warm last light falling on the boulders.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California
Image ID: 29184  
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
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.
Species: Glory of the seas cone, Conus gloriamaris
Image ID: 08727  
Purple-striped jelly, Chrysaora colorata
Purple-striped jelly.
Species: Purple-striped jellyfish, Chrysaora colorata
Image ID: 08971  
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
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.
Species: Four-eyed fish, Anableps anableps
Image ID: 09279  
Oceanside Pier at sunset, clouds with a brilliant sky at dusk, the lights on the pier are lit
Oceanside Pier at sunset, clouds with a brilliant sky at dusk, the lights on the pier are lit.
Location: Oceanside Pier, California
Image ID: 27618  
Long-spine porcupine fish, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, Diodon holocanthus
Long-spine porcupine fish, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico.
Species: Long-spine porcupine fish, Spiny balloonfish, Diodon holocanthus
Location: Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 27483  
Bluebanded goby, Catalina, Lythrypnus dalli, Catalina Island
Bluebanded goby, Catalina.
Species: Bluebanded goby, Lythrypnus dalli
Location: Catalina Island, California
Image ID: 04597  
Galapagos sea lion on white sand beach, sunset, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki, Isla Lobos
Galapagos sea lion on white sand beach, sunset.
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki
Location: Isla Lobos, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Image ID: 16513  
The French tricolor flag flies over Clipperton Island at sunset. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France)
The French tricolor flag flies over Clipperton Island at sunset. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France).
Location: Clipperton Island, France
Image ID: 32902  
Two tiger sharks, Galeocerdo cuvier
Two tiger sharks.
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas
Image ID: 31875  
Southern Stingray, Stingray City, Grand Cayman Island, Dasyatis americana
Southern Stingray, Stingray City, Grand Cayman Island.
Species: Southern stingray, Dasyatis americana
Location: Stingray City, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Image ID: 32083  
Gray moon sponge detail, Spheciospongia confoederata
Gray moon sponge detail.
Species: Gray moon sponge, Spheciospongia confoederata
Location: California
Image ID: 04610  
Hypostyle hall, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Eqypt
Hypostyle hall, Karnak Temple, Luxor, Eqypt.
Location: Luxor, Egypt
Image ID: 02584  
Ile Saint-Louis, is one of two natural islands in the Seine river, in Paris, France. The island is named after King Louis IX of France (Saint Louis). The island is connected to the rest of Paris by bridges to both banks of the river and by the Pont Saint Louis to the Ile de la Cite
Ile Saint-Louis, is one of two natural islands in the Seine river, in Paris, France. The island is named after King Louis IX of France (Saint Louis). The island is connected to the rest of Paris by bridges to both banks of the river and by the Pont Saint Louis to the Ile de la Cite.
Location: Ile Saint-Louis, Paris, France
Image ID: 28212  
Adelie penguin, portrait showing beak and eye, Pygoscelis adeliae, Paulet Island
Adelie penguin, portrait showing beak and eye.
Species: Adelie penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae
Location: Paulet Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Image ID: 25068  
Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
Scripps Pier solstice, sunset aligned perfectly with the pier.
Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
Image ID: 28474  
Brown pelican portrait, displaying winter breeding plumage with distinctive dark brown nape, yellow head feathers and red gular throat pouch, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California
Brown pelican portrait, displaying winter breeding plumage with distinctive dark brown nape, yellow head feathers and red gular throat pouch.
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 29088  
Delicate Arch at Sunset, Arches National Park
Delicate Arch at Sunset, Arches National Park.
Location: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Image ID: 29283  
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