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NOAA's Ark - Animals Collection
Catalog of Images

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A view of a blowing gray whale cow with calf very close to shore at Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 1995
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A gray whale cow calf pair moving northward along the coast off Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2012
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A breaching gray whale off Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2005
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A dead stranded whale at Point Piedras Blancas. Dead whales are an important food source for scavengers based on land or sea. Scientific studies of dead whales also provide valuable information about their physiology and anatomy.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2012
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Researcher Susan Chivers taking a tissue sample from a young gray whale stranded on the central California coast. Tissue sample analysis provides valuable data about the life history of gray whales.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2003
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A view of a small elephant seal rookery with the Piedras Blancas lighthouse visible in the background.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2005
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An elephant seal cow baring its teeth.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2005
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Two elephant seal pups play fighting at Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2005
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Two weaned elephant seal pups playing at the Piedras Blancas rookery. Their loose baggy skin is a sign that their mother has left them to fish in the ocean, and that they have been living off their own fat reserves.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2005
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Harbor seal portrait at Granite Canyon. Harbor seals usually spend about half of their time resting on land, with the other half spent feeding on fish, crustaceans, squid, and octopus in the ocean.
California, Granite Canyon 2010
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Harbor seal resting on a rock at Granite Canyon.
California, Granite Canyon 2010
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Harbor seals lounging along the shore at Point Piedras Blancas as seen through big-eye lens.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2011
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Sea otter in the foam. Sea otters stay warm in the ocean through their very dense fur (up to a million hairs per square inch) and their high metabolism.
California, Granite Canyon 2010
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A great white egret fishing among several Heerman's gulls at Granite Canyon.
California, Granite Canyon 2010
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A California Gull seen through the big eye lens. The angle to the horizon is visible on the bottom of the picture. Using that angle and trigonometry, the distance to the object in the view finder can be calculated.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2012
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A brown pelican flying over the Central California coast. Brown pelicans dive into the water to catch fish.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2012
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Two California condors. All condors are tagged and monitored. Condors sometimes come to the Piedras Blancas to scavenge on dead, beached marine mammals. At one time there were only twenty-two condors left alive but through protection and a captive breeding program, now over 200 condors soar over the skies of southern and central California and another 179 live in captivity.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2007
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A soaring California condor, North America's largest land bird with a wing span of nearly 10 feet and weight up to 26 pounds. This bird was brought back from the edge of extinction with only twenty-two left alive but through protection and a captive breeding program, now over 200 condors soar over the skies of southern and central California and another 179 live in captivity.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2007
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"Bob-the-Crow," a crow who became accustomed to the whale researchers presence at Point Piedras Blancas and would land on their equipment, such as the big-eye binoculars.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2005
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A young red-tailed hawk flying near the rocks at Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2012
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Red-tailed hawk swooping near the ground at Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2012
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Peregrine falcon flying overhead. Peregrine falcons nest in the cliffs near Point Piedras Blancas.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2008
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Cormorants resting on a rock. They fish in the coastal waters near Point Piedras Blancas by diving for fish underwater.
California, Point Piedras Blancas 2010
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Blue heron in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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Tern in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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Osprey perched on anemometer on NOAA Ship PISCES
Gulf of Mexico 2010 February 24
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Shore bird landed on NOAA ShipPISCES. Hopefully it found its way back to land safely.
Gulf of Mexico
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Cattle egret blown lost offshore perched on compass stand alidade
Gulf of Mexico 2010 April 22
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A flock of small shorebirds taking refuge on the NOAA Ship PISCES.
Gulf of Mexico
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Frigatebird in flight
Gulf of Mexico 2010 March 16
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Frigatebird in flight
Gulf of Mexico 2010 March 16
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Frigatebird in flight attempting to capture fish
Gulf of Mexico
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Forster's ? tern in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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A flock of Forster's ? terns in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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A flock of Forster's ? terns in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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A flock of Forster's ? terns in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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A flock of Forster's ? terns in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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Got an itch? Just go ahead and scratch. A brown booby
Gulf of Mexico
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Brown booby
Gulf of Mexico
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Brown booby
Gulf of Mexico
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Juvenile masked booby in flight
Gulf of Mexico 2010 March 16
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Juvenile masked booby in flight
Gulf of Mexico 2010 March 16
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Juvenile masked booby in flight
Gulf of Mexico 2010 March 16
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Juvenile masked booby in flight
Gulf of Mexico 2010 March 16
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Laughing gull in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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Laughing gull in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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Laughing gull in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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Second cycle laughing gull in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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Gull in flight
Gulf of Mexico
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Gull in flight
Gulf of Mexico

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