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Blue ribbon eel, Rhinomuraena quaesita, leafnose moray eel, Fiji, Rhinomuraena quaesita, Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island Bignose Unicornfish, Naso vlamingii, being cleaned by a small wrasse, Fiji, Naso vlamingii, Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island Bull elephant seal exits the water to retake his position on the beach.  He shows considerable 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 Pacific bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Humpnose Bigeye Bream, Monotaxis grandoculis, Fiji, Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Longnose hawkfish on black coral, underwater, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Oxycirrhites typus, Antipatharia Pacific bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Maui Sea otters mating.  The male holds the female's head or nose with his jaws during copulation. Visible scars are often present on females from this behavior.  Sea otters have a polygynous mating system. Many males actively defend territories and will mate with females that inhabit their territory or seek out females in estrus if no territory is established. Males and females typically bond for the duration of estrus, or about 3 days, Enhydra lutris, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Landing, California Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Bottlenose dolphins swim through red tide, hunt a school of fish, lit by glowing bioluminescence caused by microscopic Lingulodinium polyedrum dinoflagellate organisms which glow blue when agitated at night, Lingulodinium polyedrum, La Jolla, California Longnose Hawkfish on Black Coral, Oxycirrhites typus, Oxycirrhites typus, Antipatharia, Isla San Diego, Baja California, Mexico Blue ribbon eel, Rhinomuraena quaesita, leafnose moray eel, Fiji, Rhinomuraena quaesita, Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Steller sea lions underwater, showing whiskers and nose, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus Steller sea lions underwater, showing whiskers and nose, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus Longnose hawkfish on black coral, underwater, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Oxycirrhites typus, Antipatharia Longnose hawkfish on black coral, underwater, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Oxycirrhites typus, Antipatharia 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 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 Barberfish, Johnrandallia nigrirostris, Socorro Island (Islas Revillagigedos) Pacific bottlenose dolphin, California sea lions, Tursiops truncatus, Zalophus californianus, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) 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 Bottlenose dolphin, breaching the surface of the ocean, offshore of San Diego, Tursiops truncatus Bottlenose dolphin, bubbles forming in its exhalation just below the surface of the ocean, offshore of San Diego, Tursiops truncatus Bottlenose dolphins swim through red tide, hunt a school of fish, lit by glowing bioluminescence caused by microscopic Lingulodinium polyedrum dinoflagellate organisms which glow blue when agitated at night, Lingulodinium polyedrum, La Jolla, California Bignose Unicornfish, Naso vlamingii, being cleaned by a small wrasse, Fiji, Naso vlamingii, Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Mirounga angustirostris, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Steller sea lions underwater, showing whiskers and nose, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus Humpnose Bigeye Bream, Monotaxis grandoculis, Fiji, Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago Barberfish, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, Isla San Diego Spotted sharpnose puffer fish, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, Canthigaster punctatissima, Isla San Diego Spotted sharpnose puffer fish, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, Canthigaster punctatissima, Isla San Diego Longnose Hawkfish on Black Coral, Oxycirrhites typus, Oxycirrhites typus, Antipatharia, Isla San Diego, Baja California, Mexico Longnose Hawkfish on Black Coral, Oxycirrhites typus, Oxycirrhites typus, Antipatharia, Isla San Diego, Baja California, Mexico Barberfish, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico Longnose hawkfish on black coral, underwater, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Oxycirrhites typus, Antipatharia Longnose hawkfish on black coral, underwater, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Oxycirrhites typus, Antipatharia Spotted sharpnose puffer fish, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, Canthigaster punctatissima, Isla San Francisquito Bottlenose dolphin, breaching the surface of the ocean, offshore of San Diego, Tursiops truncatus Pacific bottlenose dolphins underwater at Guadalupe Island, Mexico, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Pacific bottlenose dolphins underwater at Guadalupe Island, Mexico, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Northern giant portrait, profile, head detail.  The distinctive tube nose (naricorn), characteristic of species in the Procellariidae family (tube-snouts), is easily seen, Macronectes halli, Right Whale Bay Southern elephant seal, juvenile. The southern elephant seal is the largest pinniped, and the largest member of order Carnivora, ever to have existed. It gets its name from the large proboscis (nose) it has when it has grown to adulthood, Mirounga leonina, Shingle Cove, Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands, Southern Ocean Southern elephant seal, juvenile.  The southern elephant seal is the largest pinniped, and the largest member of order Carnivora, ever to have existed.  It gets its name from the large proboscis (nose) it has when it has grown to adulthood, Mirounga leonina, Hercules Bay Southern elephant seal, juvenile.  The southern elephant seal is the largest pinniped, and the largest member of order Carnivora, ever to have existed.  It gets its name from the large proboscis (nose) it has when it has grown to adulthood, Mirounga leonina, Fortuna Bay Southern elephant seal, juvenile. The southern elephant seal is the largest pinniped, and the largest member of order Carnivora, ever to have existed. It gets its name from the large proboscis (nose) it has when it has grown to adulthood, Mirounga leonina, Shingle Cove, Coronation Island, South Orkney Islands, Southern Ocean Bottlenose dolphin, leaping over the surface of the ocean, offshore of San Diego, Tursiops truncatus Bottlenose dolphin, leaping over the surface of the ocean, offshore of San Diego, Tursiops truncatus Bottlenose dolphin, swimming just below the surface of the glassy ocean, offshore of San Diego, Tursiops truncatus   more ...

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