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The blue whale, with a population that inhabits the waters from Santa Barbara north to Monterey, is highly endangered with only 10,000 individuals left.
In Joyce Wan’s 2015 picture book, The Whale in My Swimming Pool, a large and very round blue whale sits on top of a boy’s tiny play pool, spouting water out of its blowhole.
Killer whales have been documented carrying out skilled and well-planned attacks on much larger animals like blue whales and bowhead whales.
In late summer and fall, on 37 trips with the Oceanic Society, naturalists verified sightings of 232 blue whales (six per trip) and 825 humpback whales (22 per trip), the highest on record for its public whale watching trips.
The fin whale, whose body is long and slender, is the second-largest mammalian on Earth after the blue whale.
At Southeast Farallon Island, marine biologists from Point Blue Conservation, perched at a lookout, had the highest verified whale sightings on June 26: 216 humpback whales, 14 blue whales and 18 whales that were unidentified.
In 2015, a 78-foot blue whale washed up dead on the Oregon coast, astonishing visitors and marine biologists alike.
By Caleb Scharf What do a common cold-causing virus, an adult blue whale and the red supergiant star Betelgeuse have in common?
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: a very large bluish-gray whale
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