Round crusty barnacles and many scars mark the blubber on the rostrum (snout) of the Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus ), a phenominal marine mammal that has existed for more than 30,000 million years. Shown here in close-up is the mouth that appears first as the whale begins to poke its head vertically out of the water so it can see what is going on above the surface, a maneuver called spyhopping. This inquisitive aquatic animal was spyhopping in San Ignacio Lagoon off the western coast of Baja California Sur in Mexico, North America.

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Round crusty barnacles and many scars mark the blubber on the rostrum (snout) of the Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus ), a phenominal marine mammal that has existed for more than 30,000 million years. Shown here in close-up is the mouth that appears first as the whale begins to poke its head vertically out of the water so it can see what is going on above the surface, a maneuver called spyhopping. This inquisitive aquatic animal was spyhopping in San Ignacio Lagoon off the western coast of Baja California Sur in Mexico, North America.
Location: San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America