Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus. Length: 29.9 meters (98 feet); Weight: 181 tons (400,000 pounds); Life Span: 80 to 110 years. Endangered. The largest known inhabitant of planet earth. Abundant in coastal waters off Loreto, Baja California Sur, during the months of January, February and March.
California Sea Lion, Zalophus californianus, male. Sexually dimorphic. Males: length: 2.4 meters (7 feet 8 inches); Weight: 350 kg (770 pounds). Females: length: 1.8 meters (5 feet 11 inches); Weight: 100 kg (220 pounds). Least Concern. Photo taken at Punta Lobo, Baja California Sur.
California Two-spotted Octopus, Octopus bimaculoides. Caught by hook and line from 200-foot coastal waters off Loreto, Baja California Sur, March 2013. Length: 20 cm (7.9 inches).
Common Fireworm, Eurythoe complanata. Fairly abundant component of tidal pools in the greater Los Cabos area, Baja California Sur. Will generate severe pain upon touching. Length: 15 cm (5.9 inches).
Gray Whale, Eschrichtius robustus, mother with new born. Length: 14.9 meters (49 feet); Weight: 36 tons (80,000 pounds); Life Span: 55 to 70 years. Critically Endangered. Abundant within Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, during the months of January, February and March.
Harbor Seal, East Pacific Subspecies, Phoca vitulina richardii. Length: 1.85 meters (6 feet 8 inches). Weight 132 kg (290 pounds). Known also as the Common Seal and one five subspecies with global populations estimated to between 350,000 and 500,000. Abundant in coastal waters off La Lobera, Baja California. Photo and identification courtesy of Chris Wheaton, Fullerton, CA, July 2017.
Pacific Black Sea Turtle, Chelonia agassizii. Length: 39 cm (3 feet 3 inches); Weight: 100 kg (220 pounds); Life Span: 80 to 100 years. Endangered. Current Global population: 5,000 to 10,000 individuals. Also known as the Pacific Green Sea Turtle.
Tiburon Mantis Shrimp, Squilla tiburonensis. Length: 10 cm (3.9 inches). Reported to be the fastest animal on the planet (yes, even faster than Usain Bolt!).
Vellella, Vellella vellella. A form of jellyfish found on the oceans surface, collected from coastal waters off Ensenada, Baja California, March 2013. Length: 2.5 cm (1.0 inch). Collection, photo and identification courtesy of Chris Wheaton, Fullerton, California.