Brown Bear

This picture was taken on a penninsula off Lynn Canal outside of Juneau by someone Mike works with.
I understand you don't want to mess with the Brown Bears. They are sure cute to look at, but they can be very hazardous to your health!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Trip to Glacier Bay

Mike & I went on a wonderful day cruise through Icy Straights to Glacier Bay yesterday. The day was beautiful, sun was shining all day with some light clouds and the fog rolled in to greet us as we arrived back in Juneau. While we were out and about, this is what we experienced:

The boat left Auke Harbor at 5:00 am. The sunrise was at 4:20, and this is what it looked like as we were leaving Juneau.
We had very calm seas all day long as we enjoyed our ride to Glacier Bay
This is a beautiful lighthouse on Point Retreat
Our first stop of the day was to enjoy Orcas. There were so many of them swimming and feeding. Noone on board had ever seen so many killer whales in one place before. It was spectacular to see. Here is a video of many killer whales
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We even got to see a young orca breaching.

Here is a video of the killer whale breaching:
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The second stop of the day was at Point Adolphus to see a pod of humpback whales

This is a video of a pod of humpbacks
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The trip allowed us to experience some breathtaking scenery in the Icy Straights
Our next stop was to visit a large group of sea otters

Stellar Sealions were all over Marble Island and the closer we got, the louder they were. The large males were really making loud noises letting us know that they were in charge. It was VERY clear that these guys like to eat fish for dinner...
whew - the smell!!!
Lots of cormorants on Marble Island

One of the many glaciers we visited
Two of the beautiful cormorants resting on an ice berg
Another glacier
Harbor Seals (and a pup) resting on an iceberg

Here is a video of a little guy trying to hide from our boat - so adorable!!!
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It was a great day - we got home after 10pm
We were welcomed back to Juneau with the rain & fog rolling in...it was ok though - we had perfect weather for our trip.

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