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Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus near Morro Bay CA

Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus


This was a real Blue Whale day! The Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus, is not commonly observed in the Morro Bay, CA area, although we had many sightings in 2011. Today 12 June 2012 we saw many individuals feeding in the rich waters just within a mile or two of Morro Rock in Morro Bay, CA 12 June 2012. Our observed pecimens could easily have been 25 meters in length. says The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales (called Mysticeti)... At 30 metres (98 ft) in length and 180 metric tons (200 short tons) or more in weight, it is the largest known animal to have ever existed. Our specimens could easily have been 25 meters in length.


Scenes from a Dos Osos Whale Watching boat outing 12 June 2012, Morro Bay, CA.


Photo © 2012 “Mike” Michael L. Baird, mike {at] mikebaird d o t com,, Canon 5D Mark III (yes, a replacement for the one I dumped in the ocean last week) with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens, with Canon EF 1.4X II Extender Telephoto Accessory, with a circular polarizer (much needed today), handheld, shooting RAW, Lightly developed in Lightroom 4. On a foggy “soft-box-like” similar to snow-conditions, windy day. Photos this day were thus all intentionally overexposed between 1 to 1.33 stops, using exposure compensation on Shutter priority. See EXIF for photo-specific exposure settings.


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Taken on June 12, 2012