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Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae, Hermissenda crassicornis, Monterey, California Gray whale, neonate calf with embryonic folds visible, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Gray whale, blow, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California
Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae.
Image ID: 01064  
Species: Opalescent nudibranch, Hermissenda crassicornis
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Gray whale, neonate calf with embryonic folds visible.
Image ID: 01129  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Gray whale, blow.
Image ID: 01170  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae, Hermissenda crassicornis, Monterey, California Orange cup coral, Balanophyllia elegans, Monterey, California
Gray whale.
Image ID: 01190  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae.
Image ID: 05285  
Species: Opalescent nudibranch, Hermissenda crassicornis
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Orange cup coral.
Image ID: 02559  
Species: Orange cup coral, Balanophyllia elegans
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
A bull elephant seal (adult male) surveys the beach.  The huge proboscis is characteristic of the species. Scarring from combat with other males.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory.  Winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Gray whale, raising fluke to dive, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California
A bull elephant seal (adult male) surveys the beach. The huge proboscis is characteristic of the species. Scarring from combat with other males. Central California.
Image ID: 15460  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seal rears up on its foreflippers and bellows to intimidate other males and to survey its beach territory. Winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15489  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Gray whale, raising fluke to dive.
Image ID: 05780  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
Gray whale, raising fluke to dive, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks, Zalophus californianus A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough.  Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone.  Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California
Gray whale, raising fluke to dive.
Image ID: 05781  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks.
Image ID: 21566  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
A sea otter eats a clam that it has taken from the shallow sandy bottom of Elkhorn Slough. Because sea otters have such a high metabolic rate, they eat up to 30% of their body weight each day in the form of clams, mussels, urchins, crabs and abalone. Sea otters are the only known tool-using marine mammal, using a stone or old shell to open the shells of their prey as they float on their backs.
Image ID: 21612  
Species: Sea otter, Enhydra lutris
Location: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 35142  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Image ID: 35143  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 35144  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females.  Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem.  They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 35150  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Image ID: 35152  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides.
Image ID: 20377  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight in the surf for access for mating females that are in estrous.  Such fighting among elephant seals can take place on the beach or in the water.  They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Visitors enjoy viewing sea nettle jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Chrysaora fuscescens California sea lion, adult male, hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks, Zalophus californianus
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight in the surf for access for mating females that are in estrous. Such fighting among elephant seals can take place on the beach or in the water. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides.
Image ID: 20407  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Visitors enjoy viewing sea nettle jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Image ID: 21539  
Species: Sea nettles, Chrysaora fuscescens
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion, adult male, hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks.
Image ID: 21557  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion, adult male, hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks, Zalophus californianus California sea lion, adult male, hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks, Zalophus californianus California sea lion, adult male, hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks, Zalophus californianus
California sea lion, adult male, hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks.
Image ID: 21558  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion, adult male, hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks.
Image ID: 21559  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion, adult male, hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks.
Image ID: 21565  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks, Zalophus californianus Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon.  The Piedras Blancas lighthouse is visible in upper left Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon
California sea lion, adult male, profile of head showing long whiskers and prominent sagittal crest (cranial crest bone), hauled out on rocks to rest, early morning sunrise light, Monterey breakwater rocks.
Image ID: 21582  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon. The Piedras Blancas lighthouse is visible in upper left.
Image ID: 20355  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Elephant seals crowd a sand beach at the Piedras Blancas rookery near San Simeon.
Image ID: 20358  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Acorn barnacle feeding amidst strawberry anemones, Monterey Peninsula, Megabalanus californicus, Corynactis californica
Gray whale.
Image ID: 01178  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Gray whale.
Image ID: 01188  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Acorn barnacle feeding amidst strawberry anemones, Monterey Peninsula.
Image ID: 07023  
Species: Acorn barnacle, Acorn Barnacle, Megabalanus californicus, Corynactis californica
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 


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Categories Appearing Among These Images:
Animal  >  Bird  >  Gull (Laridae)
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Juvenile / Calf
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Anatomy  >  Neonatal / Embryonic Fold
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Anatomy  >  Whale Fluke / Tail
Animal  >  Cetacean  >  Whale  >  Whale Behavior  >  Whale Blow / Spout
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Gray Whale
Animal  >  Endangered / Threatened Species  >  Marine  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Rockfish / Scorpionfish (Scorpaenidae)
Animal  >  Mammal  >  Otter  >  Sea Otter
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Anemone
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Corallimorphs / False Coral
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Hard / Stony Coral
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Crustacean  >  Barnacle
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Anatomy  >  Polyp
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Behavior  >  Feeding
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Behavior  >  Reproduction / Mating
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Mollusk  >  Gastropods / Snail  >  Nudibranch / Sea Slug
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Plankton  >  Jellyfish
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  California Sea Lion
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Juvenile / Pup
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal  >  Female Disputes
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Northern Elephant Seal  >  Fighting Elephant Seals
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Ear
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Elephant Seal Proboscis
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Eye
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Scar / Wound
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Sexual Dimorphism / Male - Female Difference
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Anatomy  >  Whisker
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Elephant Seal Bellowing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Mating / Courtship
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Mother / Pup / Nurturing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Nursing
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Territorial Dispute
Animal  >  Pinniped  >  Pinniped Behavior  >  Thermoregulation
Environmental Issues / Problems  >  Entanglement  >  Fishing Line Injury
Gallery  >  Anemone
Gallery  >  California
Gallery  >  California Sea Lion
Gallery  >  Cetacean
Gallery  >  Elephant Seal
Gallery  >  Gray Whale
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Gallery  >  Nudibranch
Gallery  >  Seals and Sea Lions
Gallery  >  Wildlife Portraits
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Monterey Peninsula
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)  >  Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (California)  >  Piedras Blancas
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Big Sur
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Monterey
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Moss Landing  >  Elkhorn Slough
Subject  >  Technique  >  Captivity  >  Aquarium
Subject  >  Technique  >  Underwater

Species Appearing Among These Images:
Balanophyllia elegans
Cadlina luteomarginata
Chrysaora fuscescens
Corynactis californica
Enhydra lutris
Epiactis prolifera
Eschrichtius robustus
Gibbonsia montereyensis
Hermissenda crassicornis
Megabalanus californicus
Mirounga angustirostris
Zalophus californianus

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Sea Lion Entangled in Monofiliment Line
Not Impressed
Sea Nettles
Great Egret Fishing, Cannery Row
Otter Paparazzi
Rough Sex Redux
All Animals Cover
Piedras Blancas Elephant Seals
Recent California Snaps
Road Trip 2005
Photo of Hermissenda Crassicornis Nudibranch

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Updated: November 15, 2019