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Fin whale underwater.  The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet, Balaenoptera physalus, La Jolla, California Blue whale fluking up (raising its tail) before a dive to forage for krill,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus A neonate gray whale calf, born just hours before, still exhbiting embryonic folds in the skin along its side.  This baby gray whale was born in the cold waters of Big Sur, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey Gray whales, two males both with extended penis during courtship socialization, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon Gray whale baleen, Eschrichtius robustus Blue whale fluke, powerful tail that propels the huge whale through the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Fin whale underwater.  The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet, Balaenoptera physalus, La Jolla, California Fin whale dorsal fin.  The fin whale is named for its tall, falcate dorsal fin.  Mariners often refer to them as finback whales.  Coronado Islands, Mexico (northern Baja California, near San Diego), Balaenoptera physalus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California Whale shark, Rhincodon typus, Darwin Island Whale shark, Rhincodon typus, Darwin Island Blue whale fluke, powerful tail that propels the huge whale through the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Rissos dolphin surfacing with eye showing. Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white.  San Diego, Grampus griseus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus Rissos dolphin, breaching. Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species. White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white. San Diego, Grampus griseus Gray whale, neonate calf with embryonic folds visible, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Blue whale, caudal stem, fluke with median notch, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, fluke, tail with median notch, lifting tail before diving in the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, fluke up before dive, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale fluking up, raising its tail, before a dive in the open ocean, Balaenoptera musculus Courting gray whales, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon Gray whale, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon Courting gray whales, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus A Rissos dolphin leaps from the ocean in a full breach. Note distinguishing and highly variable skin and dorsal fin patterns, characteristic of this species.  White scarring, likely caused by other Risso dolphins teeth, accumulates during the dolphins life so that adult Rissos dolphins are almost entirely white.  Offshore near San Diego, Grampus griseus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale, blowhole open, Balaenoptera musculus Fin whale dorsal fin.  The fin whale is named for its tall, falcate dorsal fin.  Mariners often refer to them as finback whales.  Coronado Islands, Mexico (northern Baja California, near San Diego), Balaenoptera physalus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) Gray whale, raising fluke to dive, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California Gray whale, raising fluke to dive, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California Blue whale, blowhole open, Balaenoptera musculus Blue whale fluke,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale rounds out (hunches up its back) before diving.  Note the distinctive mottled skin pattern and small, falcate dorsal fin. Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale rounds out (hunches up its back) before diving.  Note the distinctive mottled skin pattern and small, falcate dorsal fin. Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus A blue whale raises its fluke before diving in search of food.  The blue whale is the largest animal on earth, reaching 80 feet in length and weighing as much as 300,000 pounds.  Near Islas Coronado (Coronado Islands), Balaenoptera musculus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) A blue whale raises its fluke before diving in search of food.  The blue whale is the largest animal on earth, reaching 80 feet in length and weighing as much as 300,000 pounds.  North Coronado Island is in the background, Balaenoptera musculus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) Humpback whale holding fluke (tail) aloft out of the water, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale with one of its long pectoral fins raised aloft out of the water, swimming on its side (laterally) as it does so, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus Fin whale dorsal fin. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet, Balaenoptera physalus, La Jolla, California Blue whale fluking up (raising its tail) before a dive to forage for krill, La Jolla, California   more ...

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