What a first evening on the MV Ortelius! My first sighting of an individual of the largest existing animal species (<30m) and the heaviest that ever known to have existed (170t). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts, as much as a car. The blow is characteristically tall, slender, vertical and upwards of 9m high. At the entrance of Isfjorden, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.
One sitting on the road at dusk
Many hundreds flying in flocks
Flock of about 20 or more. In reeds
Chordates are members of the phylum Chordata, deuterostome animals possessing a notochord, a hollow dorsal nerve cord, pharyngeal slits, an endostyle, and a post-anal tail for at least some period of their life cycles. Taxonomically, the phylum includes the subphyla Vertebrata, including mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds; Tunicata, including salps and sea squirts; and Cephalochordata, comprising the lancelets.