Blue whale

Blue whale

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Credit: CHRISTOPHER SWANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) pushing a bow wave ahead of itself as it surfaces. The blue whale is the world's largest animal and can reach lengths of 27 metres and weigh 120 tonnes. Photographed in the Gulf of California.

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