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North Pacific humpback whales, a mother and calf pair swim closely together just under the surface of the ocean.  The calf will remain with its mother for about a year, migrating from Hawaii to Alaska to feed on herring, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Humpback whale breaching, near Molokai, Hawaii. Megaptera novaeangliae.  It is suspected the breaching often has a communicative purpose which depends on the behavioral context of the moment, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Two blue whales, a mother and her calf, swim through the open ocean in this aerial photograph.  The calf is blowing (spouting, exhaling) with a powerful column of spray.  The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth, Balaenoptera musculus, San Diego, California Half Dome and storm clouds at sunset, viewed from Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite National Park, California Vernal Falls at peak flow in late spring, with a rainbow appearing in the spray of the falls, viewed from the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California Kelp frond showing pneumatocysts, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Yosemite Falls at peak flow in late spring, viewed from Cooks Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California Blue whale fluking up (raising its tail) before a dive to forage for krill,  Baja California (Mexico), Balaenoptera musculus El Capitan and Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California Clouds light up with blazing colors at sunset, La Jolla, California North Pacific humpback whale raising its fluke before diving underwater to forage for herring in southeast Alaska, Megaptera novaeangliae, Maui Kelp fronds, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island Kelp forest, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Clemente Island An enormous blue whale raises its fluke (tail) high out of the water before diving.  Open ocean offshore of San Diego, Balaenoptera musculus Unicorn Peak at sunset, seen from Tuolumne Meadows.  Cockscomb Peak rises in the distance, Yosemite National Park, California Sunrise light on clouds Sunset reflections in the Tuolumne River, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California Fern Springs, a small natural spring in Yosemite Valley near the Pohono Bridge, trickles quietly over rocks as it flows into the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California Mountain dogwood, or Pacific dogwood, Yosemite Valley, Cornus nuttallii, Yosemite National Park, California Ocean surface Sand, water and light Atop Haleakala volcano, Maui Clouds and sunlight, Maui Old Faithful geyser at peak eruption, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming The Teton Range is reflected in a calm sidewater of the Snake River near Blacktail Ponds, summer, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Water patterns Giant Sequoia tree, Sequoiadendron giganteum, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California A parent and child admire the fascinating kelp forest tank at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, California, Macrocystis pyrifera Dune primrose blooms in spring following winter rains.  Dune primrose is a common ephemeral wildflower on the Colorado Desert, growing on dunes.  Its blooms open in the evening and last through midmorning.  Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Oenothera deltoides, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California Aspens, a small creek and an old barn along Mormon Row below the Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Updated: March 3, 2021