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Hawaiian humpback whale underwater, sun beams dappling the whale in clear oceanic waters, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui North Pacific humpback whale, head standing near surface, Maui Male North Pacific humpback whale streams a trail of bubbles.  The primary male escort whale (center) creates a curtain of bubbles underwater as it swims behind a female (right), with other challenging males trailing behind in a competitive group.  The bubbles may be a form of intimidation from the primary escort towards the challenging escorts, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale, abandoned calf alongside University of Hawaii research boat.  This young calf lived only a few days after being abandoned or separated from its mother, and was eventually attacked by tiger sharks, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Adult male north Pacific humpback whale bubble streaming underwater in the midst of a competitive group.   The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims closely behind a female, .  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby males interested in the female, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Hawaiian humpback whale underwater, sun beams dappling the whale in clear oceanic waters, Maui Adult male north Pacific humpback whale bubble streaming underwater in the midst of a competitive group.   The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims closely behind a female, .  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby males interested in the female, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui A blue whale swims near a sailboat.  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 swims at the surface of the ocean in this aerial photograph.  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 Navajo sandstone forms the cliffs and walls of Zion National Park. The sandstone reaches a thickness of 2300 feet and consists of ancient cemented desert sand dunes. Horizontal lines, commonly called crossbedding, represent layers of wind-blown sand that built up into sand dunes. These dunes were then buried, and the sand grains glued together by calcite and iron oxide to form sandstone Southern Pacific rattlesnake.  The southern Pacific rattlesnake is common in southern California from the coast through the desert foothills to elevations of 10,000 feet.  It reaches 4-5 feet (1.5m) in length, Crotalus viridis helleri A fin whale blows at the surface between dives.  Coronado Islands, Mexico (northern Baja California, near San Diego), Balaenoptera physalus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) 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 Juvenile brown bears near Johnson River.  Before reaching adulthood and competition for mating, it is common for juvenile brown bears to seek one another for companionship after leaving the security of their mothers, Ursus arctos, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska 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 Joshua tree, moonlit night.  The Joshua Tree is a species of yucca common in the lower Colorado desert and upper Mojave desert ecosystems, Yucca brevifolia, Joshua Tree National Park, California A humpback whale raises it fluke out of the water, the coast of Del Mar and La Jolla is visible in the distance, Megaptera novaeangliae A humpback whale raises it fluke out of the water, the coast of Del Mar and La Jolla is visible in the distance, Megaptera novaeangliae North Pacific humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Blue whale fluke, powerful tail that propels the huge whale through the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Squid eggs, La Jolla Canyon, Loligo opalescens North Pacific humpback whale raising its fluke before diving underwater to forage for herring in southeast Alaska, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Blue whale, mother and calf, Balaenoptera musculus Common dolphin, Delphinus delphis, San Diego, California West Indian manatees at Three Sisters Springs, Florida, Trichechus manatus, Crystal River West Indian manatees at Three Sisters Springs, Florida, Trichechus manatus, Crystal River West Indian manatees at Three Sisters Springs, Florida, Trichechus manatus, Crystal River West Indian manatees at Three Sisters Springs, Florida, Trichechus manatus, Crystal River Humpback whale breaching, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale breaching, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale breaching, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui 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 whale, Balaenoptera musculus 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 whale, fluke up before dive, Balaenoptera musculus Squid mating, Loligo opalescens, La Jolla, California

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