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We mourn the passing of Dr. Tom Williams, our original veterinarian and the man whose pioneering work laid the foundation for our successful sea otter and bluefin tuna programs. He was a true professional – and an even better person. We miss him a lot.
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You Looking At Me?

Time to get out of here for the weekend, so I'll leave you with some recent elephant seal fun. It is about peak breading season for California elephant seals, which means a good amount of intense activity on the beaches.

These two pups were smart enough to stay out of the way to enjoy some sun and sand. They even seemed to enjoy having their photo taken.

Seemed like I should really formally post this since I set it as my profile image a few days ago... lol

#wildlife #wildlifephotography #marinemammals #marinelife #elephantseals #oceans #hqspanimals #BTPAnimalPRO – +BTP Animal Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Annette Junge Daugaard
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Happy World Sea Turtle Day!

Who knew? I didn't! But it's on my calendar now!
It’s World Sea Turtle Day, so take a rooftop sunbath break with our green sea turtles! The vitamin D they soak up helps their shells grow and stay strong. Snacks are always turtle-y welcome too.
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Happy World Oceans Day!
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World Oceans Day!
June 8th

That's right, today is World Oceans Day, so do something to celebrate our oceans. Do whatever you can to help protect them.

I thought what better way to celebrate the day than to share a truly AMAZING experience I had recently while on an all day whale watching trip in Monterey Bay.

Blue whales are the largest animals on the planet. They can be up to 105 feet long. Their heart alone can weigh 400 pounds! These are truly gentle giants and are endangered for many reasons.

Getting to see even one is not all that common. The boat I was on, we were lucky enough to end up in an area where possibly 20 were feeding thanks to the very unusual weather conditions this year.

What was even more unusual, was even the chance to get this shot. Blue whales don't often show their flukes when diving. They do more of a slow arc down. This one blue whale, seemed to enjoy making a splash. We got to see him dive three times directly in front of us before we lost track of him.

To give a little sense of scale here, this fluke is likely about 15-16 feet wide. I was in such a state of awe, I nearly forgot to click the shutter! lol

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/blue-whale/

#WorldOceansDay   #whales   #whalewatching   #marinelife   #marinemammals   #BlueWhale   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #wildlifewednesday   #hqspanimals  #BTPAnimalPRO+BTP Animal Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Annette Junge Daugaard
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Diving In!

It's hump day.. it's #WildlifeWednesday .. so it's time to dive in with a humpback, right? From a few weeks ago on a whale watching trip in Monterey Bay. Getting pretty excited for Monday, as I'm going out again. This time for an all day trip that goes further out into the bay, so hopefully chances to see LOTS more! :D

  #humpday   #humpback   #whales   #whalewatching   #Monterey   #marinelife   #oceans   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #canon   #canonphotography   #hqspanimals  #BTPAnimalPRO+BTP Animal Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Annette Junge Daugaard
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My Favorite Animals Day 3 of 5!

Some trips, you get to see more than you could have imagined... That was the case with my whale watching adventure a few weeks ago. The whale watching was truly amazing, but when I got back and sat down for lunch overlooking a nice little beach in Monterey, I realized there were several harbor seals sunning.

I'd been on that beach many times before, but had never seen them here. I dashed to my car for my monopod and a fresh battery, and settled in for some more shooting. They seemed quite content to pose for me.. lol

The funny part in this type of situation is, if you sit somewhere for a while with a decent camera and act like you have a clue, suddenly, people gather and start asking questions. Yes.. I love wildlife.. am I an expert? Hardly.. lol

I think today I'll tag +Jacqueline Hodsdon and hope she has time to participate. She has lots of wonderful animals around.
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To get started:
1. Post one of your favorite animal photos each day for 5 days
2. Use the tag #RubinViewBug on each of your favorite animal images you have posted
3. Tag some of your photography friends to join in each day
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Orcas Off The Starboard Bow!

Actually... from where I was, it was the port side... From my recent whale watching adventure. We truly hit the whale trifecta for the day. We saw some humpbacks, a couple of grey whales, and then we happened on a few orca families! The best guess was 2-3 family groups of 12-20 each. 

The ship in this shot is the Sea Wolf II, sister ship to the Blackfin which I was on. 

Working on scheduling an all day trip very soon while these amazing whales are still in the area. 

#MontereyBayWhaleWatch   #MontereyBay   #whales   #whalewatching   #orca   #marinelife   #marinemammals   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #wildlifephotos   #hqspanimals  #BTPAnimalPRO+BTP Animal Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Annette Junge Daugaard
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