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Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California Western gulls, courtship behaviour, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California 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 A bull elephant seal approaches a female before forceably mating (copulating) with her, in spite of nearly smashing the female's pup in the process, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California A bull elephant seal eyes a female before forceably mating (copulating) with her, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Having just mated with a female (obscured) next to him, this bull male elephant seal's penis is still extended and visible, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California 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 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 Blue-footed booby, courtship display, Sula nebouxii, North Seymour Island Four blue whales (including calf) socializing,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus Four blue whales (including calf) socializing,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus Four blue whales (including calf) socializing,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus Four blue whales (including calf) socializing,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus Three blue whales (including calf) socializing,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad California grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, Carlsbad A group of juvenile and female Guadalupe fur seals rest and socialize over a shallow, kelp-covered reef.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the underwater boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) A group of juvenile and female Guadalupe fur seals rest and socialize over a shallow, kelp-covered reef.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the underwater boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) A group of juvenile and female Guadalupe fur seals rest and socialize over a shallow, kelp-covered reef.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the underwater boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) A group of juvenile and female Guadalupe fur seals rest and socialize over a shallow, kelp-covered reef.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the underwater boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) A group of juvenile and female Guadalupe fur seals rest and socialize over a shallow, kelp-covered reef.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the underwater boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) A group of juvenile and female Guadalupe fur seals rest and socialize over a shallow, kelp-covered reef.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the underwater boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) A group of juvenile and female Guadalupe fur seals rest and socialize over a shallow, kelp-covered reef.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the underwater boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) A group of juvenile and female Guadalupe fur seals rest and socialize over a shallow, kelp-covered reef.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the underwater boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) A group of juvenile and female Guadalupe fur seals rest and socialize over a shallow, kelp-covered reef.  During the summer mating season, a single adjult male will form a harem of females and continually patrol the underwater boundary of his territory, keeping the females near and intimidating other males from approaching, Arctocephalus townsendi, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)

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