Close look at a Blue Whale heading directly for the camera lens (and beginning to spout).
Blue whale twin exhaust pipes in action.
A patch of Krill (Thysanoessa spinifera) on the surface.
Long, lean and spouting -- Blue Whale.
Very close look at the center of a patch of Krill (Thysanoessa spinifera) in which the black eyeballs and long, red bodies of the crustaceans can be seen.
A Blue Whale spouts with Santa Cruz Island in the back.
A Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina).
Thick and beefy - a Blue Whale tail fluke.
Surface lunge feeding Blue Whale. The beast is upside down and the mouth is open. We are looking into the greatly distended ventral pouch and lower jaw. Baleen plates can be seen aiming upward from the upper jaw.
Surface lunge feeding Blue Whale.
California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus).
Food Chain in action...we see Krill (mostly upper right) being attacked by juvenile Market Squid (Loligo opalescens). Sea lions were abundant in the area, feeding on the squid.
Image 1 of 3: sequence of images showing a surface lunge feeding Blue Whale.
Image 2 of 3: sequence of images showing a surface lunge feeding Blue Whale.
Image 3 of 3: sequence of images showing a surface lunge feeding Blue Whale.
Water runs across the head of a Blue Whale in thin sheets. The snout is in the upper left corner, and the blowholes are visible in the middle of the image.
A surface lunge feeding Blue Whale with red colored Krill all around the mouth.
A surface lunge feeding Blue Whale seen from beneath the chin. The ventral grooves on the left side of the underjaw can be seen expanding.
After the lunge the Blue Whale lays in its side, ventral grooves fully expanded to make a huge gullar pouch full of water and krill. We are looking from the back of the whale towards the head.