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Maasai Giraffe, two males in courtship combat, jousting, Olare Orok Conservancy, Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi Add To Light Table A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing.  Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
Maasai Giraffe, two males in courtship combat, jousting, Olare Orok Conservancy.
Image ID: 30069  
Species: Masai Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi
Location: Olare Orok Conservancy, Kenya
 
A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing. Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 20388  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 02813  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Humpback whale male escort emits a stream of bubbles during competitive group socializing.  The whale is swimming so fast that the bubbles pass back alongside the whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater.  The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a mother and calf (barely seen in the distance), Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater.  The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a female during competitive group activities.  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the female, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table
Humpback whale male escort emits a stream of bubbles during competitive group socializing. The whale is swimming so fast that the bubbles pass back alongside the whale.
Image ID: 02855  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater. The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a mother and calf (barely seen in the distance).
Image ID: 04434  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater. The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a female during competitive group activities. The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the female.
Image ID: 04444  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
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.
Image ID: 05968  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 05999  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 06037  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Five southern right whales in courtship group, aerial photo, Eubalaena australis, Argentina, Eubalaena australis, Puerto Piramides, Chubut Add To Light Table Clark's Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, San Diego, Aechmophorus clarkii Add To Light Table Clark's Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, San Diego, Aechmophorus clarkii Add To Light Table
Five southern right whales in courtship group, aerial photo, Eubalaena australis, Argentina.
Image ID: 35969  
Species: Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis
Location: Puerto Piramides, Chubut, Argentina
 
Clark's Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, San Diego.
Image ID: 36784  
Species: Clarks Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii
Location: Lake Hodges, San Diego, California, USA
 
Clark's Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, San Diego.
Image ID: 36785  
Species: Clarks Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii
Location: Lake Hodges, San Diego, California, USA
 
Western Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, Aechmophorus occidentalis, San Diego, California Add To Light Table Brandt's Cormorant Skypointing, Courtship Display, La Jolla Add To Light Table Clark's Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, San Diego, Aechmophorus clarkii Add To Light Table
Western Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges.
Image ID: 36789  
Species: Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
Location: Lake Hodges, San Diego, California, USA
 
Brandt's Cormorant Skypointing, Courtship Display, La Jolla.
Image ID: 36802  
 
Clark's Grebes Rushing on Lake Hodges, San Diego.
Image ID: 36829  
Species: Clarks Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii
Location: Lake Hodges, San Diego, California, USA
 
Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating, Phalacrocorax auritus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating, Phalacrocorax auritus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Clarks Grebes, courting pair, Lake Hodges, Aechmophorus clarkii Add To Light Table
Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating.
Image ID: 36846  
Species: Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Double-crested cormorant nuptial crests, tufts of feathers on each side of the head, plumage associated with courtship and mating.
Image ID: 36849  
Species: Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Clarks Grebes, courting pair, Lake Hodges.
Image ID: 36885  
Species: Clarks Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii
 
Western Grebe, Lake Hodges, Aechmophorus occidentalis Add To Light Table Western Grebes rushing in a courtship display. Rushiing grebes run across the water 60 feet (20m) or further with their feet hitting the water as rapidly as 20 times per second. Lake Hodges, San Diego, Aechmophorus occidentalis Add To Light Table A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing.  Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table
Western Grebe, Lake Hodges.
Image ID: 36886  
Species: Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
 
Western Grebes rushing in a courtship display. Rushiing grebes run across the water 60 feet (20m) or further with their feet hitting the water as rapidly as 20 times per second. Lake Hodges, San Diego.
Image ID: 36890  
Species: Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
 
A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing. Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15408  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Western gull, courtship display, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table
Western gull, courtship display.
Image ID: 15565  
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Western gulls, courtship behaviour.
Image ID: 18396  
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Western gulls, courtship behaviour.
Image ID: 18398  
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Blue-footed booby, courtship display, Punta Suarez, Sula nebouxii, Hood Island Add To Light Table Four blue whales (including calf) socializing,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus Add To Light Table Blue-footed booby, courtship display, Sula nebouxii, North Seymour Island Add To Light Table
Blue-footed booby, courtship display, Punta Suarez.
Image ID: 01797  
Species: Blue-footed booby, Sula nebouxii
Location: Hood Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
Four blue whales (including calf) socializing, Baja California (Mexico).
Image ID: 03356  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
 
Blue-footed booby, courtship display.
Image ID: 01791  
Species: Blue-footed booby, Sula nebouxii
Location: North Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad Add To Light Table California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad Add To Light Table California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad Add To Light Table
California grunion.
Image ID: 09301  
Species: California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis
Location: Carlsbad, California, USA
 
California grunion.
Image ID: 09302  
Species: California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis
Location: Carlsbad, California, USA
 
California grunion.
Image ID: 09306  
Species: California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis
Location: Carlsbad, California, USA
 


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