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Blue whale, the large animal ever to live on earth, underwater view in the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale skeleton in Antarctica, on the shore at Port Lockroy, Antarctica.  This skeleton is composed primarily of blue whale bones, but there are believed to be bones of other baleen whales included in the skeleton as well, Balaenoptera musculus 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 Fin whale dorsal fin.  The fin whale is named for its tall, falcate dorsal fin.  Mariners often refer to them as finback whales.  Coronado Islands, Mexico (northern Baja California, near San Diego), Balaenoptera physalus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) Blue whale, exhaling in a huge blow as it swims at the surface between deep dives.  The blue whale's blow is a combination of water spray from around its blowhole and condensation from its warm breath, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California 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 Blue whale, blowhole open, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, mother and calf, swimming at surface between dives, open ocean, aerial view, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, throat pleats distended during feeding, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale fluke,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus Blue whales surfacing,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  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, 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, Balaenoptera musculus Water falling from a blue whale fluke as the whale dives to forage for food in the Santa Barbara Channel, Balaenoptera musculus, Santa Rosa Island, California Blue whale rounding out at surface, before diving for food, showing characteristic blue/gray mottled skin pattern, Balaenoptera musculus, Dana Point, California Blue whale, raising fluke prior to diving for food, fluking up, lifting tail as it swims in the open ocean foraging for food, Balaenoptera musculus, Dana Point, California 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.  Near Islas Coronado (Coronado Islands), Balaenoptera musculus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) 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) Blue whale raising fluke, prior to diving for food, fluking up, lifting its tail as it swims in the open ocean foraging for food, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Blue whale, Balaenoptera Musculus, Southern California, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego Blue whale raising fluke, prior to diving for food, fluking up, lifting its tail as it swims in the open ocean foraging for food, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Blue whale, exhaling in a huge blow as it swims at the surface between deep dives. The blue whale's blow is a combination of water spray from around its blowhole and condensation from its warm breath, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Blue whale, raising fluke prior to diving for food, fluking up, lifting tail as it swims in the open ocean foraging, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Blue whale, raising fluke prior to diving for food, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Blue whale, raising fluke prior to diving for food, fluking up, lifting tail as it swims in the open ocean foraging, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Blue whale, exhaling in a huge blow as it swims at the surface between deep dives.  The blue whale's blow is a combination of water spray from around its blowhole and condensation from its warm breath, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California Blue whale.  The entire body of a huge blue whale is seen in this image, illustrating its hydronamic and efficient shape, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California Blue whale, the large animal ever to live on earth, underwater view in the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale rostrum, head, aerial view, open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, exhaling at surface, Baja California, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, Baja California, Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus A blue whale blows (exhales, spouts) as it rests at the surface between dives.  A blue whales blow can reach 30 feet in the air and can be heard for miles.  The blue whale is the largest animal on earth, reaching 80 feet in length and weighing as much as 300,000 pounds.  Near Islas Coronado (Coronado Islands), Balaenoptera musculus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) Blue whale, swimming through the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California Blue whales, two blue whales swimming alongside one another, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California Blue whale, exhaling in a huge blow as it swims at the surface between deep dives.  The blue whale's blow is a combination of water spray from around its blowhole and condensation from its warm breath, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California Blue whale. The sleek hydrodynamic shape of the enormous blue whale allows it to swim swiftly through the ocean, at times over one hundred miles in a single day, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California Blue whale, swimming through the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California Fin whale underwater. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet, Balaenoptera physalus Blue whale fluke (tail) lifted high above the water as the whale dives in the Santa Barbara Channel, Balaenoptera musculus, Santa Rosa Island, California Blue whale skeleton in Antarctica, on the shore at Port Lockroy, Antarctica.  This skeleton is composed primarily of blue whale bones, but there are believed to be bones of other baleen whales included in the skeleton as well, Balaenoptera musculus Fin whale, Balaenoptera physalus, Scotia Sea 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 Blue whale underwater closeup photo.  This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view.  Over 80' long and just a few feet from the camera, an extremely wide lens was used to photograph the entire enormous whale, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale underwater closeup photo.  This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view.  Over 80' long and just a few feet from the camera, an extremely wide lens was used to photograph the entire enormous whale, Balaenoptera musculus

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