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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 chromis, Chromis cyanea Sapphire devil (blue damselfish), female/juvenile coloration, Chrysiptera cyanea Banded iguana, male.  The bands of color on the male of this species change from green to either blue, grey or black, depending on mood.  Females are usually solid green, ocassionally with blue spots or a few narrow bands, Brachylophus fasciatus Morning Glory Pool has long been considered a must-see site in Yellowstone.  At one time a road brought visitors to its brink.  Over the years they threw coins, bottles and trash in the pool, reducing its flow and causing the red and orange bacteria to creep in from its edge, replacing the blue bacteria that thrive in the hotter water at the center of the pool.  The pool is now accessed only by a foot path.  Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Crested Pool is a blue, superheated pool.  Unfortunately, it has claimed a life.  It reaches a overflowing boiling state every few minutes, then subsides a bit before building to a boil and overflow again.  Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Grand Prismatic Spring displays a stunning rainbow of colors created by species of thermophilac (heat-loving) bacteria that thrive in narrow temperature ranges.  The blue water in the center is too hot to support any bacterial life, while the outer orange rings are the coolest water.  Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest spring in the United States and the third-largest in the world.  Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming New Blue Spring and its travertine terraces, part of the Mammoth Hot Springs complex, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 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 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, 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, 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, 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 shark and videographer, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark underwater in the open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark, detail showing ampullae of Lorenzini, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue-footed booby, courtship display, Punta Suarez, Sula nebouxii, Hood Island Blue whale fluke, powerful tail that propels the huge whale through the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, mother and calf, Balaenoptera musculus Schooling blue and gold snapper and Mexican goatfish, Lutjanus viridis, Mulloidichthys dentatus, Cocos Island Bluebanded goby, Catalina, Lythrypnus dalli, Catalina Island A blue whale eating krill.  This blue whale is seen feeding and surfacing amid krill with its throat fully engorged with krill and water.  It will push the water back out with its tongue, trapping the krill in its baleen which acts like a filter. Aerial photo, 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 Blue shark underwater in the open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark underwater in the open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark underwater in the open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark underwater in the open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark underwater in the open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark underwater in the open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus Juvenile blue shark in the open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark and diver, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, swims through the open ocean, aerial view, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, blowing, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, mottled skin, vertebrae, inflated throat, swimming at surface in the open ocean between foraging dives, aerial view, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, caudal stem, fluke with median notch, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, fluke, tail with median notch, lifting tail before diving in the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, swims through the open ocean, raising fluke (tail) before making a deep dive, Balaenoptera musculus Blue shark and offshore drift kelp paddy, open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue whale, fluke up before dive, Balaenoptera musculus Garibaldi with a tiny bit of juvenile blue coloration, Hypsypops rubicundus Blue whale, exhaling at surface, Baja California, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale fluking up, raising its tail, before a dive in the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale surfacing, Isla Coronado del Norte in background,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

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