WC posted some photos of a breaching Humpback Whale yesterday. But WC doesn’t want to leave you with the impression that the whale was the only marine mammal he saw. Or photographed.
Sea Otters don’t seem to be as common in Prince William Sound as in Resurrection Bay; it may be a lingering effect of the Exxon Valdez disaster. But they are present, and mighty cute.
The Sea Lions were at the usual haul outs. The light was far from ideal by that point; the early evening light under bluebird skies made it tough to properly expose the whole group. Some Sea Lions around Allison Point were so stuffed with salmon they could only kind of bob in the water like some kind of giant float.
The usual Harbor Seals were hanging out on the ice floes at the snout of Meares Glacier, giving their usual soulful look at the world.
The Humpback Whales breached more than once, of course. It can be hard to pick just one set of photos, so here’s another one.
But after a while the Humpbacks left, but not without waving goodbye.
In addition to these critters, we also saw Dahl Porpoise and a Minke Whale, a pretty good range of marine mammals for Prince William Sound.
Thanks to Stan Stephens Cruises who ran a fine trip. WC appreciates that our captain didn’t feel obligated to be a slave to clock, but instead let the folks on the ship have a chance to enjoy the Humpbacks, in particular. WC misses his old friend, but the company is carrying on his traditions. If you are in Alaska, and can make it to Valdez, spend a day on the 9 plus hour trip to Meares Glacier. It’s among the very best excursions Alaska has to offer.