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California Desert Tortoise Feeding on a Wildflower Photos
California Desert Tortoise Feeding on a Wildflower
The Desert Tortoise is a herbivore feeding almost exclusively on plants such as desert wildflowers and other annuals, young cactus and their fruit or flowers.
species: Gopherus agassizii
photo-id: MOJ-013 request pricing

California Desert Tortoise Feeding on a Wildflower Images
California Desert Tortoise Feeding on a Wildflower
The Desert Tortoise is a herbivore feeding almost exclusively on plants such as desert wildflowers and other annuals, young cactus and their fruit or flowers.
species: Gopherus agassizii
photo-id: MOJ-014 request pricing

Stock photography of Brown Pelicans Feeding
Brown Pelicans Feeding
Brown Pelicans are the only pelican species that dives from the air when feeding.
species: Pelecanus occidentalis
photo-id: BPL-111 request pricing Google Earth

Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill Pictures
Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-066 request pricing

Stock photos of Blue Whale Surface Feeding
Blue Whale Surface Feeding
Freediver gets big surprise as Blue Whale inhales krill ball he was photographing.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-067 request pricing

Pictures of Blue Whale Surface Feeding
Blue Whale Surface Feeding
When feeding near the surface, Blue Whales can extend their heads completely out of the water as they lunge forward through a mass of krill. This animal has rolled on its side and is moving from right to left. What you are seeing is the underside of its chin with its numerous parallel pleats. These are also referred to as ventral or throat grooves.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-060 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of Great White Shark Feeding Behavior
Great White Shark Feeding Behavior
Classic attack behavior is to ascend from deep water then lunge at their prey on the surface.
species: Carcharodon carcharias
photo-id: SGW-058 request pricing Google Earth

Northern Elephant Seal - Juvenile Feeding on a Rockfish Stock Photography
Northern Elephant Seal - Juvenile Feeding on a Rockfish
This juvenile was found feeding on the surface many miles off the coast of San Diego. The foraging seal likely caught the rockfish along the ocean floor. Water depth in the area was several hundred feet.
species: Mirounga angustirostris
photo-id: ELE-044 request pricing Google Earth

Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill Photos
Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill
Calf / sub-adult feeding on Krill along with mother visible in background.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-021 request pricing Google Earth

Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill Images
Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill
Calf / sub-adult Blue Whale feeding on Krill along with mother visible in background. The ventral pleats allow the throat to become completely distended while filling its mouth with krill and water.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-022 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill
Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill
Calf / sub-adult feeding on Krill along with mother visible in background.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-023 request pricing Google Earth

California Sea Lion Feeding on fish Pictures
California Sea Lion Feeding on fish
Common eared seal. Coat is light tan when dry dark brown to black when wet.
species: Zalophus californianus
photo-id: SEL-014 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of Purple Sea Urchins Feeding on Kelp
Purple Sea Urchins Feeding on Kelp
Short spines and deep purple coloration make this urchin easily identifiable. Diameter to 3.5 inches.
species: Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
photo-id: SUR-002 request pricing

Pictures of Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp
Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp
Color ranges from red to almost brown to dark purple. Diameter to 9 inches.
species: Strongylocentrotus franciscanus
photo-id: SUR-003 request pricing

Stock images of Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp
Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp
Color ranges from red to almost brown to dark purple. Diameter to 9 inches.
species: Strongylocentrotus franciscanus
photo-id: SUR-004 request pricing

Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp Stock Photography
Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp
Color ranges from red to almost brown to dark purple. Diameter to 9 inches.
species: Strongylocentrotus franciscanus
photo-id: SUR-015 request pricing

Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp Photos
Red Sea Urchin Feeding on Kelp
Color ranges from red to almost brown to dark purple. Diameter to 9 inches.
species: Strongylocentrotus franciscanus
photo-id: SUR-018 request pricing

Purple Sea Urchins Feeding on Kelp Images
Purple Sea Urchins Feeding on Kelp
Short spines and deep purple coloration make this urchin easily identifiable. Diameter to 3.5 inches.
species: Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
photo-id: SUR-020 request pricing

Stock photography of Royal Terns Feeding on Krill
Royal Terns Feeding on Krill
Terns surface feeding on a large mass of krill that has been driven to the surface by a school of sardine.
species: Sterna maxima
photo-id: BGE-133 request pricing

Market Squid Feeding on Krill Pictures
Market Squid Feeding on Krill
Market Squid are rarely seen near the surface during mid day. They are normally deep ocean dwellers that only enter shallow water at night. In this case masses of Krill had drawn them up from the depths.
species: Loligo opalescens
photo-id: SQD-040 request pricing

Stock photos of California Desert Tortoise Feeding on a Wildflower
California Desert Tortoise Feeding on a Wildflower
The Desert Tortoise is a herbivore feeding almost exclusively on plants such as desert wildflowers and other annuals, young cactus and their fruit or flowers.
species: Gopherus agassizii
photo-id: MOJ-012 request pricing

Pictures of California Desert Tortoise Feeding on a Wildflower
California Desert Tortoise Feeding on a Wildflower
The Desert Tortoise is a herbivore feeding almost exclusively on plants such as desert wildflowers and other annuals, young cactus and their fruit or flowers.
species: Gopherus agassizii
photo-id: MOJ-015 request pricing

Stock images of Royal Terns Feeding on Krill
Royal Terns Feeding on Krill
Terns surface feeding on a large mass of krill that has been driven to the surface by a school of sardine.
species: Sterna maxima
photo-id: BGE-134 request pricing

Market Squid Feeding on Krill Stock Photography
Market Squid Feeding on Krill
Market Squid are rarely seen near the surface during mid day. They are normally deep ocean dwellers that only enter shallow water at night. In this case masses of Krill had drawn them up from the depths.
species: Loligo opalescens
photo-id: SQD-038 request pricing

Market Squid Feeding on Krill Photos
Market Squid Feeding on Krill
Market Squid are rarely seen near the surface during mid day. They are normally deep ocean dwellers that only enter shallow water at night. In this case masses of Krill had drawn them up from the depths.
species: Loligo opalescens
photo-id: SQD-039 request pricing

Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill Images
Blue Whale Underwater Feeding on Krill
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-073 request pricing

Stock photography of Blue Whale Surface Feeding on Krill
Blue Whale Surface Feeding on Krill
Rolled on side, raised pectoral fin. Blue Whales feed almost exclusively on krill and will eat thousands of pounds per day.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-074 request pricing

Blue Whale Surface Feeding on Krill Pictures
Blue Whale Surface Feeding on Krill
Rolled on side, chin, throat baleen groves.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-075 request pricing

Stock photos of Blue Whale Surface Feeding on Krill
Blue Whale Surface Feeding on Krill
Rolled on side, chin, throat baleen groves.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-076 request pricing

Pictures of Blue Whale Surface Feeding on Krill
Blue Whale Surface Feeding on Krill
Rolled on side, chin, throat baleen groves. Small boat in background.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-077 request pricing

Stock images of Blue Whale Surface Feeding
Blue Whale Surface Feeding
When feeding near the surface, individuals can extend their heads completely out of the water as they lunge forward through a mass of krill. This animal has rolled on its side and is moving from left to right. Its mouth is wide open with the lower jaw still underwater. You are seeing the top of its completely open mouth.
species: Balaenoptera musculus
photo-id: WBL-063 request pricing Google Earth

California Sea Lion Feeding on Striped Marlin Carcass Stock Photography
California Sea Lion Feeding on Striped Marlin Carcass
This was a catch and release fish that we happened upon. Makes you wonder how many released Marlin end up this way.
species: Zalophus californianus
photo-id: SEL-057 request pricing

see also
| American White Pelican | Anza Borrego Desert | Baitfish | Blue Whale | Brydes Whale | California Sea Lion | Cookiecutter Shark |
| Dolphin | Endangered Species | Fin Whale | Fur Seal | Gray Whale | Harbor Seal | Humpback Whale | Kelp Forest |
| Krill | Marine Invertebrates | Marine Mammals | Mojave Desert | Mojave Rattlesnake | Northern Elephant Seal | Octopus |
| Sea Otter | Sharks Common to California | Shortfin Mako Shark | Whales |

species represented
Balaenoptera musculus, Carcharodon carcharias, Gopherus agassizii, Loligo opalescens, Mirounga angustirostris, Pelecanus occidentalis,
Sterna maxima, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, Zalophus californianus

keywords
Baitballs, Baleen, Behavior, Big Surf, Blue Whale, Bull, Cetacea, Cetacean, Cetaceans, Dangerous, Dive, Diving, Egg Sack,
Eggs, Endangered Species, Fishes, Flukes, Fluking, Frond, Harem, Harems, Invertebrate, Jaws, Kelp Forest, Lions, Macrocystis,
Man Eater, Mantle, Open Ocean, Pacific, Pelagic, Pelican, Pinniped, Pinnipeds, Pointer, Reptile, Reptiles, Rookery,
Sardine, Seabird, Seabirds, Seal, Sealion, Sealions, Sharks, Silhouette, Silhouettes, Sounding, Spines, Squids, Tail,
Tern, Threatened, Tortoises, Turtle, Turtles, Urchin, Waves, White Death, Pyrifera

related blog posts
Blue Whale Surface Feeding on Krill
Bryde’s Whale Feeding on Pacific Sardine
Market Squid Feeding on Krill

external links - (Links to external website reference material.)
| Animal Planet Discovery Blue Whale | DesertUSA Desert Tortoise Page | National Geographic California Sea Lion |
| Tortoise.org | University of California Museum of Paleontology Great White Shark | Wikipedia Northern Elephant Seal |

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