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North Pacific humpback whales, a mother and calf pair swim closely together just under the surface of the ocean.  The calf will remain with its mother for about a year, migrating from Hawaii to Alaska to feed on herring, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale breaching, near Molokai, Hawaii. Megaptera novaeangliae.  It is suspected the breaching often has a communicative purpose which depends on the behavioral context of the moment, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Two blue whales, a mother and her calf, swim through the open ocean in this aerial photograph.  The calf is blowing (spouting, exhaling) with a powerful column of spray.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Half Dome and storm clouds at sunset, viewed from Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite National Park, California Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls, viewed from the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls and star trails, at night, viewed from Cook's Meadow, illuminated by the light of the full moon, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls and rainbow, Half Dome in distance, viewed from the Yosemite Falls trail, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Upper Yosemite Falls and lunar rainbow, moonbow. A lunar rainbow (moonbow) can be seen to the left of Yosemite Falls, where the moon illuminates the spray of the falls, Yosemite National Park, California Blue whale fluking up (raising its tail) before a dive to forage for krill,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus El Capitan and Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Humpback whale breaching, pectoral fin and rostrom visible, Megaptera novaeangliae, San Diego, California Clouds light up with blazing colors at sunset, La Jolla, California Yosemite Falls reflected in a meadow pool, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Humpback whale breaching, pectoral fin and rostrom visible, Megaptera novaeangliae, San Diego, California 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 Yosemite Falls rises above the Merced River, viewed from the Swinging Bridge. The 2425' falls is the tallest in North America, Yosemite National Park, California Upper Yosemite Falls and lunar rainbow, moonbow. A lunar rainbow (moonbow) can be seen to the left of Yosemite Falls, where the moon illuminates the spray of the falls, Yosemite National Park, California Humpback whale breaching, pectoral fin and rostrom visible, Megaptera novaeangliae, San Diego, California Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California The Kelp Forest of San Clemente Island, California. A kelp forest. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera The Kelp Forest of San Clemente Island, California. A kelp forest. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera The Kelp Forest of San Clemente Island, California. A kelp forest. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera The Kelp Forest of San Clemente Island, California. A kelp forest. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera The Kelp Forest of San Clemente Island, California. A kelp forest. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera The Kelp Forest of San Clemente Island, California. A kelp forest. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera The Kelp Forest of San Clemente Island, California. A kelp forest. Giant kelp grows rapidly, up to 2' per day, from the rocky reef on the ocean bottom to which it is anchored, toward the ocean surface where it spreads to form a thick canopy. Myriad species of fishes, mammals and invertebrates form a rich community in the kelp forest. Lush forests of kelp are found throughout California's Southern Channel Islands, Macrocystis pyrifera North Pacific humpback whale raising its fluke before diving underwater to forage for herring in southeast Alaska, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Kelp fronds, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Kelp forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus Unicorn Peak at sunset, seen from Tuolumne Meadows.  Cockscomb Peak rises in the distance, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls reflected in a meadow pool, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls and double rainbow, full on and all the way, viewed from the Yosemite Falls trail, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls and star trails, at night, viewed from Cook's Meadow, illuminated by the light of the full moon, Yosemite National Park, California Blue whale fluking up (raising its tail) before a dive to forage for krill, La Jolla, California Blue whale fluking up (raising its tail) before a dive to forage for krill, La Jolla, California Blue whale fluking up (raising its tail) before a dive to forage for krill, La Jolla, California Blue whale fluking up (raising its tail) before a dive to forage for krill, La Jolla, California Yosemite Falls viewed from Glacier Point, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls and star trails, at night, viewed from Cook's Meadow, illuminated by the light of the full moon, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls reflected in the Merced River, illuminated by moonlight, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Sunrise light on clouds Yosemite Falls and star trails, at night, viewed from Cook's Meadow, illuminated by the light of the full moon, Yosemite National Park, California Star trails over Yosemite Valley, viewed from Tunnel View, the floor of Yosemite Valley illuminated by a full moon.  El Capitan on left, Bridalveil Falls on right, Half Dome in distant center, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls in peak flow, viewed from Cook's meadow, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls in peak flow, viewed from Cook's meadow, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite Falls in peak flow, viewed from Cook's meadow, spring, Yosemite National Park, California Humpback whale breaching, pectoral fin and rostrom visible, Megaptera novaeangliae, San Diego, California   more ...

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