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Blue whale, dorsal aspect of caudal stem,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale surfacing, dorsal fin,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus Rissos dolphin showing fresh scarring from social interactions with other Rissos dolphins.  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, dorsal fin.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, dorsal fin.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, dorsal fin.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, dorsal fin.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 Silky shark, dorsal fin breaking surface, Carcharhinus falciformis, Cocos Island Silky shark, dorsal fin breaking surface, Carcharhinus falciformis, Cocos Island A blue whale rounds out at the surface.  Note its scarred, almost totally absent dorsal fin.  Offshore Coronado Islands, Balaenoptera musculus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) 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 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 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 A Rissos dolphin spyhops, lifting its head above water for a look. 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.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus 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 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 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus Rissos dolphin, dorsal fin.  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 Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, damaged dorsal fin, Tursiops truncatus Blue whale, dorsal fin, Baja California, Balaenoptera musculus Rissos dolphin, dorsal fin.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, dorsal fin.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 Horn shark dorsal barb, Heterodontus francisci Silky shark, dorsal fin breaking surface, Carcharhinus falciformis, Cocos Island Ocean sunfish swimming with its dorsal fin breaking the ocean surface (sometimes mistaken for a shark).  Open ocean, Mola mola, San Diego, California Ocean sunfish swimming with its dorsal fin breaking the ocean surface (sometimes mistaken for a shark).  Open ocean, Mola mola, San Diego, California Ocean sunfish swimming with its dorsal fin breaking the ocean surface (sometimes mistaken for a shark).  Open ocean, Mola mola, San Diego, California 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 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 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus 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 almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus A great white shark swims at the surface with its dorsal fin above water, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Whitetip reef shark showing distinctive white tip of dorsal fin, Triaenodon obesus Sailfin sculpin, Nautichthys oculofasciatus Sailfin sculpin, Nautichthys oculofasciatus Sailfin sculpin, Nautichthys oculofasciatus Sailfin sculpin, Nautichthys oculofasciatus Sailfin sculpin, Nautichthys oculofasciatus Sailfin sculpin, Nautichthys oculofasciatus

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