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Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) tail fluke on dive -1 [Corrected ID 14 June 2013] | by mikebaird
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Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) tail fluke on dive -1 [Corrected ID 14 June 2013]

Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) [Corrected ID 14 June 2013]

as seen on a Dos Osos boat Sub Sea Tour whale watching outing 11 June 2013, Morro Bay, CA, USA. Owner and Skipper Kevin Winfield, Mate Mario. During this trip we saw dozens of Humpback Whales and Blue Whales. says “The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals, it is popular with whale watchers off Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States.” says “The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales (called Mysticeti). At 30 metres (98 ft)[4] in length and 170 tonnes (190 short tons) or more in weight, it is the largest known animal to have ever existed.”


Sub Sea Tours is at the base of Pacific Avenue at 699 Embarcadero Road in Morro Bay, CA. More info at Sub Sea Tours and Kayaks, Morro Bay Charters 699 Embarcadero Road #9

See an interactive GPS map (valid until 12/8/13) of the route along which this photo was taken.

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Photo © 2013 “Mike” Michael L. Baird, mike {at} mikebaird d o t com, Canon 5D Mark III, with Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens, w/ circular polarizer, RAW, handheld. Aperture priority, generally shot wide-open. See EXIF for photo-specific exposure settings used, inc. +exposure comp. on a gray day.. GPS EXIF geotag comes from a realtime on-camera Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver.


To use this photo... NOTE LICENSE CHANGE: Effective 24 Sept. 2013, All Rights Reserved, from this date forward, due to adoption and representation by Getty Images. This image must now be licensed from Getty images. © 2012 Michael L. Baird. 24 Sept 2013, Getty Images requested to represent this image but wanted a slightly higher resolution version so I uploaded this modified version that is not so tightly cropped as before. Watermark removed as requested.


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Sierra Club Daily Ray of Hope dialogue:

Q: The Sierra Club; The Sierra Club; Subject: On 14 Jun 13, 9.39AM PDT The Sierra Club said: Hi Mike! We would like permission to display your image on the Sierra Club's Daily Ray of Hope e-newsletter and our social networks: Could you tell us how you would want to be cited and where you took the photo? In order to use your photo in the Daily Ray of Hope, we need the license to be Non-Commercial. To change the licensing, go to the image and under "Owner settings", click "show more" and edit the attribution to an "Attribution -- Non Commercial ..." setting. That should do it. Let me know if you have any problems! Thanks!

A: Yes, the whale image already has Creative Commons Attribution, thanks. Attribute: "Mike" Michael L. Baird, Photo taken in Morro Bay, CA 11 June 2013

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Taken on June 11, 2013