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Blue Whale Surface Feeding Photos
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 Grunion Images
California Grunion
Grunion have a unique spawning cycle. Along the southern California coast, they leave the water at night to spawn on sand beaches. During spring and summer months they follow a very precise schedule. Grunion only run for a maximum of four nights, beginning on the night of a full or new moon and only at or immediately after a high tide.
species: Leuresthes tenuis
photo-id: FGE-065 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of California Grunion
California Grunion
species: Leuresthes tenuis
photo-id: FGE-066 request pricing Google Earth

California Grunion Pictures
California Grunion
Grunion have a unique spawning cycle. Along the southern California coast, they leave the water at night to spawn on sand beaches. During spring and summer months they follow a very precise schedule. Grunion only run for a maximum of four nights, beginning on the night of a full or new moon and only at or immediately after a high tide.
species: Leuresthes tenuis
photo-id: FGE-067 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of Humpback Whale on Drift Kelp
Humpback Whale on Drift Kelp
This animal spent over an hour right at the surface hanging around this Kelp Patty.
species: Megaptera novaeangliae
photo-id: WHB-035 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of Humpback Whale on Drift Kelp
Humpback Whale on Drift Kelp
This animal spent over an hour right at the surface hanging around this Kelp Patty.
species: Megaptera novaeangliae
photo-id: WHB-036 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of UCSD Wave Buoy used by NOAA
UCSD Wave Buoy used by NOAA
photo-id: ORV-036 request pricing Google Earth

UCSD Wave Buoy used by NOAA Stock Photography
UCSD Wave Buoy used by NOAA
photo-id: ORV-037 request pricing Google Earth

UCSD Wave Buoy used by NOAA Photos
UCSD Wave Buoy used by NOAA
photo-id: ORV-038 request pricing Google Earth

Surfer / Surfing Images
Surfer / Surfing
(Not Model Released)
photo-id: SRF-024 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of Surfer / Surfing
Surfer / Surfing
(Not Model Released)
photo-id: SRF-025 request pricing Google Earth

Harbor Seal With Great White Shark Bite Pictures
Harbor Seal With Great White Shark Bite
This Harbor Seal displays the classic half moon shaped wound from a White Shark attack. Although impossible to confirm, the Great White is really the only predator species off California that could produce a bite of this size.
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-035 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of Harbor Seal With Great White Shark Bite
Harbor Seal With Great White Shark Bite
This Harbor Seal displays the classic half moon shaped wound from a shark attack. Although impossible to confirm, the White Shark is really the only predator species off California that could produce a bite of this size.
species: Phoca vitulina
photo-id: HAR-036 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Prior to the 1980?s and improved capture methods by Purse Seiners fishing for tuna this species was declining rapidly in the eastern Pacific.
species: Stenella attenuata
photo-id: DPS-001 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Prior to the 1980?s and improved capture methods by Purse Seiners fishing for tuna this species was declining rapidly in the eastern Pacific.
species: Stenella attenuata
photo-id: DPS-004 request pricing Google Earth

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin Stock Photography
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Varies widely in size and coloration throughout its range. In adults one of its distinguishing characteristics is its spots.
species: Stenella attenuata
photo-id: DPS-006 request pricing Google Earth

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin Photos
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Feeding on a Sardine baitball.
species: Stenella attenuata
photo-id: DPS-007 request pricing Google Earth

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin Images
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Feeding on a Sardine baitball.
species: Stenella attenuata
photo-id: DPS-009 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Feeding on a Sardine baitball.
species: Stenella attenuata
photo-id: DPS-010 request pricing Google Earth

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin Pictures
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Prior to the 1980?s and improved capture methods by Purse Seiners fishing for tuna this species was declining rapidly in the eastern Pacific.
species: Stenella attenuata
photo-id: DPS-011 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of Freediver Hovers in the Blue
Freediver Hovers in the Blue
Skip Stubbs lines up a Marlin shot off the coast of Baja Mexico.
photo-id: DVR-021 request pricing

Pictures of Pacific Sardine Bait Ball with Freediver in Background
Pacific Sardine Bait Ball with Freediver in Background
Pelagic schooling baitfish.
species: Sardinops sagax
photo-id: FSC-022 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of Pacific Sardine Bait Ball
Pacific Sardine Bait Ball
Pelagic schooling baitfish.
species: Sardinops sagax
photo-id: FSC-023 request pricing Google Earth

Pacific Sardine Bait Ball Stock Photography
Pacific Sardine Bait Ball
Pelagic schooling baitfish.
species: Sardinops sagax
photo-id: FSC-024 request pricing Google Earth

Pacific Sardine Bait Ball Photos
Pacific Sardine Bait Ball
Pelagic schooling baitfish.
species: Sardinops sagax
photo-id: FSC-025 request pricing Google Earth

Pacific Sardine Bait Ball Images
Pacific Sardine Bait Ball
Pelagic schooling baitfish.
species: Sardinops sagax
photo-id: FSC-026 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photography of Pacific Sardine Bait Ball with Freediver in Background
Pacific Sardine Bait Ball with Freediver in Background
Pelagic schooling baitfish.
species: Sardinops sagax
photo-id: FSC-027 request pricing Google Earth

Pacific Sailfish Pictures
Pacific Sailfish
Believed to be the fastest fish in the sea reportedly clocked at nearly seventy miles an hour for short bursts. Feeds at the surface or at depth on small pelagic fishes such as Sardine Mackerel and other baitfish. Also very fast growing can reach lengths of four feet or more in little over a year. Max length to seven feet or more. The fish in the background are Striped Marlin.
species: Istiophorus platypterus
photo-id: FSF-001 request pricing Google Earth

Stock photos of Striped Marlin on Sardine Bait Ball
Striped Marlin on Sardine Bait Ball
On years when the conditions are right masses of Sardine and Mackerel congregate off remote areas of the Baja coast usually in October or November. They form huge bait balls that attract a myriad of pelagic species. Marlin Tuna Dorado and other gamefish even whales and dolphin join the feast.
species: Tetrapturus audax
photo-id: FSM-008 request pricing Google Earth

Pictures of Striped Marlin on Sardine Bait Ball
Striped Marlin on Sardine Bait Ball
species: Tetrapturus audax
photo-id: FSM-009 request pricing Google Earth

Stock images of Striped Marlin on Sardine Bait Ball Sea Lion in Background
Striped Marlin on Sardine Bait Ball Sea Lion in Background
On years when the conditions are right masses of Sardine and Mackerel congregate off remote areas of the Baja coast usually in October or November. They form huge bait balls that attract a myriad of pelagic species. Marlin Tuna Dorado and other gamefish even whales and dolphin join the feast.
species: Tetrapturus audax
photo-id: FSM-010 request pricing Google Earth

Striped Marlin on Sardine Bait Ball Stock Photography
Striped Marlin on Sardine Bait Ball
species: Tetrapturus audax
photo-id: FSM-011 request pricing Google Earth

see also
| Anchovy | Blacks Beach | Blue Whale | Brydes Whale | California Coast | California Sea Lion | Common Dolphin | Dolphin |
| Endangered Species | FLIP Marine Science Acoustic Ocean Research Vessel | Fin Whale | Fur Seal | Gamefish | Gray Whale |
| Humpback Whale | Jack or Spanish Mackerel | Krill | La Jolla | Marine Fish | Marine Mammals | NOAA Weather Buoy |
| Northern Elephant Seal | Oceanside | Pacific Beach | Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin | Pacific Sailfish | Pacific White-Sided Dolphin |
| San Diego Del Mar | Sea Otter | Striped Marlin | Torrey Pines | Tuna Seiner | Whales |

species represented
Balaenoptera musculus, Istiophorus platypterus, Leuresthes tenuis, Megaptera novaeangliae, Phoca vitulina, Sardinops sagax,
Stenella attenuata, Tetrapturus audax

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Sounding, Striped Marlin, Surf, Tail, Underwater, Warming, Waves, Weather Buoy, White Death, Wound, Wounds, Jacksmelt,
Topsmelt

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