90-100' Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) a Baleen Whale - Santa Barbara, CA - from a set of 7 photos

90-100' Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) a Baleen Whale en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_whale. Ten of us docent types from Morro Bay, CA, take a 4-hour Whale Watching boat trip tour on the Condor Express www.condorcruises.com/ out of Santa Barbara, CA, to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands in Central-Southern California, on Labor Day 07 Sept 2009. Organized by Rouvaishyana of the CA State Park Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay, CA. Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Canon 5D, Canon 100-400mm Lens with circular polarizer (which made a big difference) handheld on a moving boat.


I was pleased that PRBO Conservation Science used my Blue Whale in their PRBO Conservation Science "Observer" Newsletter Fall 2009 Number 158.


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  • lamoustique 6y

    I can only imagine how difficult this shot is, having seen how quickly whales move!
    I've hesitated taking a whale-watching tour for fear that there would be no whales to see.
  • dianejp 5y

    What a treat! Terrific capture, Mike!
  • Frank217 5y

    Had to be an awesome trip. Wonderful capture.
  • Beth Sargent 5y

    Really Great shot Mike.
  • Elizabeth Haslam 5y

    You lucky dog to see such a creature--largest sea creature.
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Taken on September 7, 2009
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