A fabulous look at the baleen of a Gray Whale calf, as photographed by Richard Kuehn.

Richard Kuehn has been enjoying the mother/calf pairs now passing by the Mendonoma Coast. He caught this great photo showing the baleen of a juvenile Gray Whale. The calf's mother is close behind.

A Gray Whale calf shows its baleen with mom close behind by Richard Kuehn

The baleen is a filter-feeder system where the whale takes in water. The whale then pushes the water out and the animals in the water, such as krill, are filtered by the baleen and become food for the whale. However, this calf is still nursing.

Rich saw this calf breach twelve times! Earlier in the day a Gray Whale calf  spyhopped and Rich got that photo too.

CA Gray Whale calf spyhopping by Richard Kuehn

Thanks to Rich for allowing me to share these photos with you here.

2 thoughts on “A fabulous look at the baleen of a Gray Whale calf, as photographed by Richard Kuehn.

  1. abalonebay

    I just wanted to give you, Jeanne, a great big thank for all you do in sharing the marvels of Mendonoma! I love sharing your posts with our Facebook fans of our Sea Ranch Abalone Bay Home. And they all love seeing them!

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    1. Jeanne Jackson

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      Thank you! I consider it a privilege to be able to share these wonderful photos of our Coast.

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