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NOAA's Ark - Animals Collection
Catalog of Images

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Killer whale dorsal fin
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Killer whale blowing
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Pod of killer whales
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Pod of killer whales
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Pod of killer whales
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Pod of killer whales
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Killer whale dorsal fin
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Killer whale dorsal fin
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Killer whale dorsal fin
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Killer whale and calf
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 6
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Porpoise playing in the bow wave of the NOAA Ship PISCES
Gulf of Mexico
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Porpoise playing in the bow wave of the NOAA Ship PISCES
Gulf of Mexico
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Porpoise playing in the bow wave of the NOAA Ship PISCES
Gulf of Mexico
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Porpoise playing in the bow wave of the NOAA Ship PISCES
Gulf of Mexico
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Melonhead whale spyhopping
Gulf of Mexico
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Melonhead whales
Gulf of Mexico
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Melonhead whale
Gulf of Mexico
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Melonhead whale pod
Gulf of Mexico
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Melonhead whale spyhopping
Gulf of Mexico
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Killer whale
Gulf of Mexico
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Killer whale
Gulf of Mexico
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Killer whale
Gulf of Mexico
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Gray whale at the surface in kelp forest.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2006
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Breaching gray whale. Gray whales breach to communicate and sometimes even to play.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2005
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Gray whale mother, called a "cow", and baby, called a "calf."
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2005
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Aerial view of gray whale cow and calf.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2005
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Two gray whales at the surface
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2004
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A gray whale sticking its head out of the water to look around, a behavior known as "spyhopping."
Mexico, Baja California 2009
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A view of two gray whale blows. Gray whales' blows are visible from up to 4 km (two nautical miles) away.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2006
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A young western Pacific gray whale breaching off the coast of Sakhalin Island. Gray whales are divided into two populations: a western population which summers in Russia and winters in China: and an eastern population that summers in Alaska and winters in Baja California. Note the extensive scarring or "rake marks" from killer whale teeth.
Russia, Sakhalin Island 2007
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A gray whale cow and calf surfacing in a kelp paddy, next to two sea otters. Gray whales will swim in kelp paddies to avoid killer whales, their chief predator.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2003
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Gray whale spyhopping near a boat. Gray whales are among the most curious whales, willingly approaching boats to investigate them.
Mexico, Baja California 2009
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Aerial photo of a gray whale cow and calf. the average gray whale calf length at birth is 5 meters (16 feet four inches.)
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2002
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Gray whale cow and calf migrating south from Alaska to the protected birthing and nursing lagoons in Baja California. Cows will give birth along the way south.
California, Santa Catalina Island 2012
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An aerial view of a pod of gray whales. Gray whales are distinguished by their narrow, triangular heads and by a knobby back ridge near the fluke instead of dorsal fin.
California, Santa Catalina Island 2012
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Aerial shot of a pod of gray whales. An aerial survey plane has three cameras, designed to give a panoramic shot of the water and whales below.
California, Santa Catalina Island 2012
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Aerial shot of a pod of gray whales.
California, Santa Catalina Island 2012
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Aerial shot of a small pod of whales. Note the back rising out of the water of the whale on the far right as it prepares to dive under.
California, Santa Catalina Island 2012
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Submerged gray whale at Granite Canyon. The markings on the skin are from colonies of whale lice and barnacles which live on the whale.
California, Granite Canyon 2004
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Aerial view of gray whale cow and calf.
California, Santa Catalina Island 2012
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Aerial view of a pod of gray whales off Point Piedras Blancas. Aerial surveys are conducted to accurately count the gray whale population.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2012
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Aerial view of a pod of gray whales migrating north off the California coast
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2012
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Aerial image of a gray whale cow and calf migrating through a kelp paddy off the coast of Central California.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2009
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A cow calf pair swimming near shore at Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2012
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Two gray whales surfacing near Point Piedras Blancas. Note the large barnacle growths on the whales.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2004
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Gray whale in shallow water near Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2007
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Barnacles and cyamids (whale lice) on the head of a western gray whale summering in the Okhotsk Sea.
Russia, Okhotsk Sea 2005
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An example of the mottled coloration pattern of a western gray whale that is useful for photo-identifying individuals.
Russia, Sakhalin Island 2005
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A western gray whale feeding the Okhotsk Sea off northeastern Sakhalin Island. Note the proximity of offshore oil and gas platforms.
Russia, Okhotsk Sea 2001
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Gray whale swimming at surface near shore at Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2006

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