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A California brown pelican entangled in a plastic bag which is wrapped around its neck.  This unfortunate pelican probably became entangled in the bag by mistaking the floating plastic for food and diving on it, spearing it in such a way that the bag has lodged around the pelican's neck.  Plastic bags kill and injure untold numbers of marine animals each year, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla A California brown pelican entangled in a plastic bag which is wrapped around its neck.  This unfortunate pelican probably became entangled in the bag by mistaking the floating plastic for food and diving on it, spearing it in such a way that the bag has lodged around the pelican's neck.  Plastic bags kill and injure untold numbers of marine animals each year, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla A California brown pelican entangled in a plastic bag which is wrapped around its neck.  This unfortunate pelican probably became entangled in the bag by mistaking the floating plastic for food and diving on it, spearing it in such a way that the bag has lodged around the pelican's neck.  Plastic bags kill and injure untold numbers of marine animals each year, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla
A California brown pelican entangled in a plastic bag which is wrapped around its neck. This unfortunate pelican probably became entangled in the bag by mistaking the floating plastic for food and diving on it, spearing it in such a way that the bag has lodged around the pelican's neck. Plastic bags kill and injure untold numbers of marine animals each year.
Image ID: 22564  
Species: Brown pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
A California brown pelican entangled in a plastic bag which is wrapped around its neck. This unfortunate pelican probably became entangled in the bag by mistaking the floating plastic for food and diving on it, spearing it in such a way that the bag has lodged around the pelican's neck. Plastic bags kill and injure untold numbers of marine animals each year.
Image ID: 22573  
Species: Brown pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
A California brown pelican entangled in a plastic bag which is wrapped around its neck. This unfortunate pelican probably became entangled in the bag by mistaking the floating plastic for food and diving on it, spearing it in such a way that the bag has lodged around the pelican's neck. Plastic bags kill and injure untold numbers of marine animals each year.
Image ID: 22574  
Species: Brown pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Lionness with injury from water buffalo, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Panthera leo An adult male elephant seal, rushing to attack another male intruding on his territory, tramples a tiny pup.  Pups experience a high mortality rate, including injury, separation from mother, being washed into the ocean and abandonment, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California An adult male elephant seal, rushing to attack another male intruding on his territory, tramples a tiny pup.  Pups experience a high mortality rate, including injury, separation from mother, being washed into the ocean and abandonment, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Lionness with injury from water buffalo, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Image ID: 29914  
Species: African Lion, Panthera leo
Location: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
 
An adult male elephant seal, rushing to attack another male intruding on his territory, tramples a tiny pup. Pups experience a high mortality rate, including injury, separation from mother, being washed into the ocean and abandonment.
Image ID: 15423  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
An adult male elephant seal, rushing to attack another male intruding on his territory, tramples a tiny pup. Pups experience a high mortality rate, including injury, separation from mother, being washed into the ocean and abandonment.
Image ID: 15496  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
An elephant seal pup carcass is picked over by seagulls.  The pup was perhaps abandoned by, or became separated from, its mother, or else succumbed to disease or injury from much larger males during their territorial battles on the beach, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Humpback whale dorsal fin detail, showing small wounds from recent competitive interactions with other whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Galapagos sea lion with shark bite,  South Plaza Island, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki
An elephant seal pup carcass is picked over by seagulls. The pup was perhaps abandoned by, or became separated from, its mother, or else succumbed to disease or injury from much larger males during their territorial battles on the beach.
Image ID: 20391  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Humpback whale dorsal fin detail, showing small wounds from recent competitive interactions with other whales.
Image ID: 00337  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Galapagos sea lion with shark bite, South Plaza Island.
Image ID: 01682  
Species: Galapagos sea lion, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki
Location: South Plaza Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
Galapagos sea lion with shark bite, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki California sea lion, with monofiliment cut, Zalophus californianus, Monterey 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
Galapagos sea lion with shark bite.
Image ID: 01711  
Species: Galapagos sea lion, Zalophus californianus wollebacki, Zalophus californianus wollebaeki
Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
California sea lion, with monofiliment cut.
Image ID: 03087  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 04836  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
North Pacific humpback whale, escort, rostrum showing wounded tubercles, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui North Pacific humpback whale, escort, rostrum showing wounded tubercles, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui 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, escort, rostrum showing wounded tubercles.
Image ID: 05869  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
North Pacific humpback whale, escort, rostrum showing wounded tubercles.
Image ID: 05898  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 05907  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
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 North Pacific humpback whale, head nodules (adult male), Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui
North Pacific humpback whale showing extensive scarring, almost certainly from a boat propeller, on dorsal ridge.
Image ID: 05910  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 07601  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
North Pacific humpback whale, head nodules (adult male).
Image ID: 00553  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 02315  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 02316  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 02318  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
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 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 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.
Image ID: 02319  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 04964  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 04965  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 04966  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 04967  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 04969  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Gray whale dorsal aspect showing injury/wound/indentation likely caused by boat, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon Great white shark, injury behind right pectoral fin likely from another white shark during courtship or territorial dispute, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) 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
Gray whale dorsal aspect showing injury/wound/indentation likely caused by boat, Laguna San Ignacio.
Image ID: 06426  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico
 
Great white shark, injury behind right pectoral fin likely from another white shark during courtship or territorial dispute.
Image ID: 06921  
Species: Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico
 
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.
Image ID: 07598  
Species: Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 


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Animal  >  Bird  >  Pelican (Pelecanidae)  >  Brown Pelican  >  California Brown Pelican
Animal  >  Bird  >  Seabird
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Dolphin  >  Bottlenose Dolphin
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Dolphin  >  Dolphin Anatomy  >  Dolphin Dorsal Fin
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Dolphin  >  Dolphin Anatomy  >  Dolphin Injury / Scarring
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Dolphin  >  Dolphin Behavior  >  Dolphin Blow / Spout
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Dolphin  >  Dolphin Behavior  >  Dolphin Jumping / Leaping
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Dolphin  >  Risso's Dolphin
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Humpback Whale
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Behavior  >  Competitive / Rowdy Group
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Galapagos Sea Lion
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Great White Shark
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Humpback Whale
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Steller Sea Lion
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  West Indian Manatee
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Seabird  >  California Brown Pelican
Animal  >  Endemic Species  >  Galapagos Islands
Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Behavior  >  Cleaning (Symbiosis)
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Indo-Pacific  >  California / Baja California
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Ocean Sunfish - Mola mola
Animal  >  Mammal  >  African Lion
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  California Sea Lion
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Galapagos Sea Lion
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Juvenile / Pup
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Steller Sea Lion
Animal  >  Reptile  >  Marine  >  Sea Turtle  >  Green Sea Turtle
Animal  >  Shark  >  Great White Shark
Animal  >  Sirenian  >  West Indian Manatee
Environmental Issues / Problems  >  Boat Strike / Propeller Scar  >  Fish Injury
Environmental Issues / Problems  >  Boat Strike / Propeller Scar  >  Manatee Injury
Environmental Issues / Problems  >  Boat Strike / Propeller Scar  >  Whale Injury
Environmental Issues / Problems  >  Entanglement  >  Fishing Line Injury
Environmental Issues / Problems  >  Entanglement  >  Plastic Bag
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Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
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Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  International  >  Isla Guadalupe Special Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)
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Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (California)
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (California)  >  Piedras Blancas
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  World Heritage Sites  >  Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  World Heritage Sites  >  Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino (San Ignacio Lagoon Mexico)
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Location  >  USA  >  California  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla  >  La Jolla Pelicans
Location  >  USA  >  Florida  >  Crystal River
Location  >  USA  >  Florida  >  Spring / River
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Location  >  World  >  Bahamas
Location  >  World  >  Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Hornby Island
Location  >  World  >  Ecuador  >  Galapagos Islands
Location  >  World  >  Ecuador  >  Galapagos Islands  >  South Plaza Island
Location  >  World  >  Kenya  >  Maasai Mara National Reserve
Location  >  World  >  Mexico  >  Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Location  >  World  >  Mexico  >  Sea of Cortez

Species Appearing Among These Images:
Carcharodon carcharias
Chelonia mydas
Eschrichtius robustus
Eumetopias jubatus
Grampus griseus
Megaptera novaeangliae
Mirounga angustirostris
Mola mola
Panthera leo
Pelecanus occidentalis
Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Trichechus manatus
Tursiops truncatus
Zalophus californianus
Zalophus californianus wollebacki
Zalophus californianus wollebaeki

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Updated: October 21, 2019