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Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater.  The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a female during competitive group activities.  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the female, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Large competitive group of humpback whales, eleven adult humpback whales seen in this image, part of a 16 whale competitive group, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Hawaiian humpback whale underwater, sun beams dappling the whale in clear oceanic waters, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table
Adult male humpback whale bubble streaming underwater. The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims behind a female during competitive group activities. The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby male whales interested in the female.
Image ID: 04444  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Large competitive group of humpback whales, eleven adult humpback whales seen in this image, part of a 16 whale competitive group.
Image ID: 04459  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Hawaiian humpback whale underwater, sun beams dappling the whale in clear oceanic waters.
Image ID: 04501  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
North Pacific humpback whale, head standing near surface, Maui Add To Light Table Male North Pacific humpback whale streams a trail of bubbles.  The primary male escort whale (center) creates a curtain of bubbles underwater as it swims behind a female (right), with other challenging males trailing behind in a competitive group.  The bubbles may be a form of intimidation from the primary escort towards the challenging escorts, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Humpback whale, abandoned calf alongside University of Hawaii research boat.  This young calf lived only a few days after being abandoned or separated from its mother, and was eventually attacked by tiger sharks, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table
North Pacific humpback whale, head standing near surface.
Image ID: 05941  
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Male North Pacific humpback whale streams a trail of bubbles. The primary male escort whale (center) creates a curtain of bubbles underwater as it swims behind a female (right), with other challenging males trailing behind in a competitive group. The bubbles may be a form of intimidation from the primary escort towards the challenging escorts.
Image ID: 05968  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Humpback whale, abandoned calf alongside University of Hawaii research boat. This young calf lived only a few days after being abandoned or separated from its mother, and was eventually attacked by tiger sharks.
Image ID: 05979  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Adult male north Pacific humpback whale bubble streaming underwater in the midst of a competitive group.   The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims closely behind a female, .  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby males interested in the female, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Hawaiian humpback whale underwater, sun beams dappling the whale in clear oceanic waters, Maui Add To Light Table Adult male north Pacific humpback whale bubble streaming underwater in the midst of a competitive group.   The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims closely behind a female, .  The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby males interested in the female, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table
Adult male north Pacific humpback whale bubble streaming underwater in the midst of a competitive group. The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims closely behind a female, . The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby males interested in the female.
Image ID: 05999  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Hawaiian humpback whale underwater, sun beams dappling the whale in clear oceanic waters.
Image ID: 06007  
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Adult male north Pacific humpback whale bubble streaming underwater in the midst of a competitive group. The male escort humpback whale seen here is emitting a curtain of bubbles as it swims closely behind a female, . The bubble curtain may be meant as warning or visual obstruction to other nearby males interested in the female.
Image ID: 06037  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.  Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table This bull elephant seal, an old adult male, shows extreme scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females.  Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males. Central California.
Image ID: 15387  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
This bull elephant seal, an old adult male, shows extreme scarring on his chest and proboscis from many winters fighting other males for territory and rights to a harem of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 15388  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 15408  
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, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
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: 15521  
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.
Image ID: 20370  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
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: 20371  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, 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 Add To Light Table A SCUBA diver enters a submarine cavern at Santa Barbara Island, underwater cave Add To Light Table North Pacific humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table
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: 21586  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
A SCUBA diver enters a submarine cavern at Santa Barbara Island, underwater cave.
Image ID: 23423  
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
North Pacific humpback whale.
Image ID: 00167  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Aggregating anemone detail, Anthopleura elegantissima, San Miguel Island Add To Light Table California sea lion, juveniles at play in kelp forest, Zalophus californianus, Santa Barbara Island Add To Light Table Northern elephant seal,  mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table
Aggregating anemone detail.
Image ID: 00290  
Species: Aggregating anemone, Anthopleura elegantissima
Location: San Miguel Island, California, USA
 
California sea lion, juveniles at play in kelp forest.
Image ID: 00619  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seal, mother and neonate pup, gulls eating placenta.
Image ID: 00945  
Species: Elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
California sea lions, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Add To Light Table Northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus, San Miguel Island Add To Light Table Northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus, San Miguel Island Add To Light Table
California sea lions.
Image ID: 00957  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
Northern fur seal.
Image ID: 00965  
Species: Northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus
Location: San Miguel Island, California, USA
 
Northern fur seal.
Image ID: 00967  
Species: Northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus
Location: San Miguel Island, California, USA
 
Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California Add To Light Table California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Add To Light Table California sea lion, thermoregulating, Zalophus californianus, Monterey Add To Light Table
Gray whale.
Image ID: 01182  
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Big Sur, California, USA
 
California sea lion.
Image ID: 01924  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
California sea lion, thermoregulating.
Image ID: 01956  
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Monterey, California, USA
 
North Pacific humpback whale raising its fluke before diving underwater to forage for herring in southeast Alaska, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Add To Light Table Kelp frond in motion, time exposure, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island Add To Light Table Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island Add To Light Table
North Pacific humpback whale raising its fluke before diving underwater to forage for herring in southeast Alaska.
Image ID: 02154  
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA
 
Kelp frond in motion, time exposure.
Image ID: 02344  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts.
Image ID: 02436  
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 


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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Anthopleura elegantissima
Balaenoptera musculus
Balanophyllia elegans
Cadlina luteomarginata
Callorhinus ursinus
Chelonia mydas
Corynactis californica
Cypraea spadicea
Delonovolva aequalis
Enhydra lutris
Epiactis prolifera
Eschrichtius robustus
Eudistylia polymorpha
Hermissenda crassicornis
Hydractinia milleri
Macrocystis pyrifera
Megaptera novaeangliae
Mirounga angustirostris
Myliobatis californica
Stenella longirostris
Torpedo californica
Tursiops truncatus
Zalophus californianus

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