Grey whale

Grey whale

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Credit: CHRISTOPHER SWANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus). This whale is found in coastal waters, migrating with the seasons from Arctic waters to tropical equatorial waters. It can grow up to 15 metres in length and weigh 16 tonnes. It has over 150 large bristly baleen plates (white) hanging down from its jaws. It feeds by swallowing sediment from the sea floor and then pressing its tongue against the plates, pushing the water out and trapping crustaceans and worms. Photographed in the Gulf of California, Mexico.

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