Category Archives: Wildlife

A Strange and Beautiful Dance

Humpback whales are largely solitary creatures, spending the majority of their lives by themselves or with their young. Each summer they make the 3,000+ mile trek to Alaska in order to eat incredible amounts of food before heading back to … Continue reading

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You Otter Know

Sea otters are some of the most intriguing animals located in the North Pacific. One of the smallest marine mammals, they are also the only creatures who do not depend on blubber to keep themselves warm in the icy waters. … Continue reading

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Synchronized Swimming

A resident pod of orcas that we hadn’t seen in a few weeks came back to visit, apparently while out to sea they were busy practicing the underappreciated art of synchronized swimming.

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A Whale of a Good Time

Scientists do not know why these massive 40 ton creatures breech clear out of the water. Some believe it is a method of communication, others a way to stir up food or catch a glimpse of life above water. However, … Continue reading

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Killer Whales!

I was told that these are the offshore species of killer whales (which are actually part of the dolphin family). There are three types of orca the resident, transient and offshore. The residents are the large pods that hang out … Continue reading

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The Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center located at the end of the road in Downtown Seward is a must visit. They have a rehabilitation center for injured animals, a beautiful aquarium, an informative museum and state-of-the-art research facility. “The Alaska SeaLife Center … Continue reading

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Whale’s Your Head At?

This humpback, affectionately named Morgan La Fey, almost ran straight into the boat, I could have touched him. The captain had to cut the engines to spare hitting him. Then Morgan decided to put on an incredible show. For perspective, … Continue reading

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The (Un)Common Murre

These adorable little birds live very interesting lives. Not a birder by any means, these small penguin-like sea birds have managed to capture my attention. They live the majority of their lives on the water, only coming on land to … Continue reading

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A Symbol is Conceived

The bald eagle, haliaeetus leucocephalus, our nation’s most recognized symbol is considered by many to be the living embodiment of the core values of our country, strength, freedom, pride and nobility. These large birds of prey are incredibly common in … Continue reading

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Cruising Along

My first experience at Major Marine in Seward was as a passenger aboard the Glacier Express. During the 5-hour tour we saw the gamut of Alaskan wildlife, the seas were calm, the sun shining and the experience was incredible. Right … Continue reading

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