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Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) lunge feeding and raising Pectoral Flipper in the air.

Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) lunge feeding and raising Pectoral Flipper in the air.

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Thanks to Jonas270


for his clarifying comments and for researching the identification challenge here.



Jonas says in his profile he's "Just another whale nerd. I like to count whales every week for kicks and giggles."


So, I agree, this is a Blue Whale flipper (Not a Humpback, as initially reported).

And, that makes sense, as that's all we were observing and following at the time.


Thanks also to Rouvaishyana for the earlier ID research.


Scenes from a Dos Osos Whale Watching boat outing 11 June 2012, Morro Bay, CA.


Photo © 2012 "Mike" Michael L. Baird, mike {at] mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com, Canon T1i, with a Canon 300mm f/2.8 lens, circular polarizer, handheld, RAW. (On a foggy "soft-box-like" windy day). Photos this day were all intentionally overexposed to about one full stop, using exposure compensation. See EXIF for more photo-specific exposure settings.


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Taken on June 11, 2012