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Photo Information
Copyright: Scott Cozad (scozad) (41)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-13
Categories: Mammals, Ocean
Camera: SONY DSC F-707
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ANTARCTICA and Oceans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-17 1:27
Viewed: 5445
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at the San Diego zoo. Predators of the beluga whale are killer whales and polar bears.

A couple of interesting facts about the beluga whale's head and neck:

"The head is also unlike that of any other cetacean - its melon is extremely bulbous and even malleable. The beluga is able to change the shape of its melon by blowing air around its sinuses. Again unlike many dolphins and whales, the vertebrae in the neck are not fused together, allowing the animal flexibility to turn its head laterally."


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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-17 10:17]

Hi Scott,
This is a nice subject. The composition is a bit central and the white is a bit overexposed.
Try to put the subject to one side (google the rule of thirds in photography) and go with shorter exposure times.
Nice job!

Nice shot of this gentle creature, I won't know it is in captivity if you not stating it in the notes :) The whale head is a bit OE, but it seem neutral in white color.
V. nice pix, good pose of the whale too, TFS

great pic, TFS Ori

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