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Rissos dolphin.  Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are usually almost entirely white, Grampus griseus, San Diego, California Rissos dolphin.  Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are usually almost entirely white, Grampus griseus, San Diego, California Rissos dolphin.  Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are usually almost entirely white, Grampus griseus, San Diego, California Rissos dolphin.  Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are usually almost entirely white, Grampus griseus, San Diego, California Rissos dolphin.  Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are usually almost entirely white, Grampus griseus, San Diego, California Sailfin sculpin, Nautichthys oculofasciatus Sailfin sculpin, Nautichthys oculofasciatus Blue whale, dorsal fin with remora hanging off, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Dorsal fin of a great white shark breaks the surface as the shark swims just below, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Dorsal fin of a great white shark breaks the surface as the shark swims just below, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Dorsal fin of a great white shark breaks the surface as the shark swims just below, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Dorsal fin of a great white shark breaks the surface as the shark swims just below, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Dorsal fin of a great white shark breaks the surface as the shark swims just below, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Gray whale dorsal ridge sticking above the ocean surface, Cow Bay near Flores Island, Clayoquot Sound, west coast of Vancouver Island, Eschrichtius robustus Gray whale dorsal ridge (back) at the surface in front of a boat full of whale watchers, Cow Bay, Flores Island, near Tofino, Clayoquot Sound, west coast of Vancouver Island, Eschrichtius robustus Great white shark, dorsal fin extended out of the water as it swims near the surface, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Great white shark, dorsal fin extended out of the water as it swims near the surface, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Humpback whale rounding out at the surface before diving, showing its dorsal fin, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin detail, showing small wounds from recent competitive interactions with other whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale rounding out at the surface before diving, showing its dorsal fin, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Ocean sunfish, dorsal fin at water surface, open ocean, Mola mola, San Diego, California Humpback whale swimming with raised pectoral fin (dorsal aspect), Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale swimming with raised pectoral fin (dorsal aspect), Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale swimming with raised pectoral fin (dorsal aspect), Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin and dorsal ridge, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale calf with malformed dorsal fin, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin damaged during competitive group socializing, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin damaged during competitive group socializing, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin damaged during competitive group socializing, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin and ridge showing scarring acquired in competitive group socializing, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin and ridge showing scarring acquired in competitive group socializing, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale dorsal fin damaged during competitive group socializing, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Rissos dolphins surfacing, one spouting/blowing while others show dorsal fins.  Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white.  San Diego, Grampus griseus North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge.  This female has apparently recovered, as evidenced by her calf in the background, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui A group of Rissos dolphin surfaces.  Extensive scarring on adult Rissos dolphins allows identification of individuals based on their dorsal fins, provided the identification methodology incorporates scarring acquired in future years. Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus Horn shark dorsal barb, Heterodontus francisci, La Jolla, California Blue whale caudel stem, dorsal fin and fluke, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, dorsal fin and mottled skin pattern, Balaenoptera musculus Rissos dolphin surfacing with eye showing. Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white.  San Diego, Grampus griseus Rissos dolphins surfacing showing dorsal fins. Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white.  San Diego, Grampus griseus Rissos dolphins surfacing showing dorsal fins. Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white.  San Diego, Grampus griseus Rissos dolphin surfacing with eye showing. Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white.  San Diego, Grampus griseus Blue whale, dorsal aspect of peduncle stem and fluke, Baja California, Balaenoptera musculus Ocean sunfish, dorsal fin at water surface, open ocean, Mola mola, San Diego, California Blue whale, dorsal aspect of caudal stem,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, dorsal aspect of caudal stem,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus   more ...

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