Blue Whale Pictures

 
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Blue Whale Photos - Images of the Largest Rorqual

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Blue whales feed on krill, also called zooplankton, as do all rorquals. They eat up to 8,000 lbs (3,600 kg) of krill each day. To capture the krill, they must dive as deep as 100 meters (330), locate the mass of krill, lunge at it and open their mouths, sucking in a large amount of water and krill, plus incidental fish and squid that happen to be in the vicinity. The water is strained through the whales baleen (whalebone), and the krill is swallowed. Despite the large size of a blue whale's mouth, the throat is narrow, and blue whales can only swallow objects smaller than a typical beach ball.

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Picture of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, with copepod parasites on flukes, California, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Image of blue whale feces, Balaenoptera musculus, floating in the offshore waters of Santa Monica Bay, California, USA

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Stock photo of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean

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Photo of adult blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, rounding out prior to dive, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean

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Picture of endangered blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, fluking, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Pacific Ocean

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Image of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of dead blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, possibly due to human activities such as military sonor experiment or boat collision, Dana Point, California, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, mother and calf, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean

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Picture of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, spouting while feeding; Risso's dolphins, Grampus griseus, nearby, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, diving, Mexico, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of aerial view of blue whales, Balaenoptera musculus, one breaching, Santa Cruz, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Photo of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, with blowholes open, Baja California, Mexico, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, diving, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, fluke with median notch, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean

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Picture of lower jawbones of a blue whale lining a park, Balaenoptera musculus, in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, South Atlantic Ocean.

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Image of of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of aerial view of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, breaching, Pacific

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Photo of blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, swims in front of whale watchers on a private yacht. Only a small portion of the whale, which dwarfs the boat and may be 70 feet or more in length, can be seen; open ocean offshore of San Diego, California, Pacific Ocean

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