Blue whale surfacing

Blue whale surfacing

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Credit: CHRISTOPHER SWANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) surfacing and exhaling through its blow-hole. The blue whale is the world's largest animal and can reach lengths of 27 metres and weigh 120 tonnes. It dives to feed on small crustaceans, such as krill, coming to the surface for air. Dive times are usually 10 to 20 minutes. Photographed in the Gulf of California, Mexico.

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