Close up view of the skin of an adult California Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) in San Ignacio Lagoon showing the barnacles (Cryptolepas rhachianecti) and whale lice (Cyamus scammonii) on this individual , Pacific Ocean side of the Baja Peninsula, Baja California Sur, Mexico. This species of barnacle and lice live only on the body of California gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus). Each winter thousands of California gray whales migrate from the Bering and Chukchi seas to breed and calf in the warm water lagoons of Baja California. San Ignacio lagoon is the smallest of the three major such lagoons. Current (2008) population estimates put the California Gray wh at between 20,000 and 24,000 animals.


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Image ID: 0104004-MNO.jpg

Close up view of the skin of an adult California Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) in San Ignacio Lagoon showing the barnacles (Cryptolepas rhachianecti) and whale lice (Cyamus scammonii) on this individual , Pacific Ocean side of the Baja Peninsula, Baja California Sur, Mexico. This species of barnacle and lice live only on the body of California gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus). Each winter thousands of California gray whales migrate from the Bering and Chukchi seas to breed and calf in the warm water lagoons of Baja California. San Ignacio lagoon is the smallest of the three major such lagoons. Current (2008) population estimates put the California Gray wh at between 20,000 and 24,000 animals.
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Michael S. Nolan

Image dimensions: 5400x3599