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    Yellowstone

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Whale's Mouth

A large, wide hole in the rock is filled with hot, blue water, resembling a large mouth.
 

This hot spring was named by a park naturalist in 1967 because its shape "resembles the mouth and gullet of a giant fish". This is regarded by many as an especially peculiar thing for a naturalist to say, due to the fact that whales are not fish.


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Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.