Monday, August 10th, 2015
World-Class Humpback Whale Watching in Juneau

Humpback Whales Bubble net Feeding - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelThe whale watching around Juneau is world-class! It’s always powerful to watch humpback whales bubble net feed, especially when they are surfacing right next to your boat!

Humbpack Whale watching bubblenet feed Juneau - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel

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Saturday, July 11th, 2015
Grizzly Bear Cubs Along The Alaska Highway

Alaska Grizzly Bear Close Encounter                               Eye to eye encounter with a grizzly bear cub during a recent drive along the Alaska Highway. Almost too close for comfort!

Grizzly Bear Cub Yearling - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel                                                                              One-year old grizzly cub feeds off vegetation along the Alaska Highway.

 Grizzly Bear Cub Kluane Yukon - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel                                                                 Two-year old grizzly bear cub sheds its winter coat in early summer along the Alaska Highway.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Magical Moment Observing Alaska Polar Bears

Polar Bear Sow and Cubs - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelA sow and her two cubs take a nap along on the barrier islands near Barter Island along Alaska’s arctic coast. They are waiting for the sea ice to form again, so they can go back out to their natural habitat on the sea ice. We tend to forget that these bears are marine mammals, not terrestrial mammals, after all.

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Alaska Polar Bear Sibling Rivalry… Or Love Near Barter Island

Alaska Polar Bear Cubs Kaktovik --- Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Uncertain Future For Alaska's Polar Bears

Alaska Polar Bear Sow with Cubs -- Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelAs cute as you think this picture may be, polar bears are not meant to be terrestrial mammals. They are marine mammals, and as such rely on the sea ice as critical habitat for their existence. As the sea ice continues to melt, polar bears are loosing their existential platform for survival.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Alaska Polar Bear On Barter Island

Alaska Polar Bear -- Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelOne of the bigger adult male polar bears that we observed during our recent trip to Barter Island. Adult male polar bears can weigh up to 1,700 pounds and measure eight to ten feet in length. They can live 20-30 years, but only a small number of polar bears lives past 15-18 years. Notice the large pieces of driftwood, which originiated in Canada and floated down the Mackenzie River to the Beaufort Sea, before ocean currents pushed them westward.

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Polar Bear Viewing In Northern Alaska

Alaska Polar Bear Cub - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelHigh five from a polar bear cub in Kaktovik! My Wild Alaska Travel group was treated to some amazing polar bear viewing experiences after a long journey punctured with blizzard conditions, 50 mph winds and landing on a partially flooded runway.

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Monday, August 4th, 2014
Humpback Whale Tail and Spouts

Humpback Whale Tail and Spouts - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel                                                  Sometimes just seeing a humpback whale’s tail or spout is intriguing and mysterious.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Humpback Whale Dorsal Fin

Humpback Whale Dorsal Fin - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel                                        There is something mysterious about a giant humpback whale revealing only a small portion of itself at close range.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014
Humpback Whales Bubble Net Feeding

Humpback Whales Bubblenet Feeding Juneau Southeast Alaska - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelWhen my son Florian and I embarked on his uncle Sean McKeown’s boat yesterday morning, the goal was just to catch some salmon. Unfortunately, the fishing wasn’t that great. However, the whale watching was world class! Thanks to Sean, we were able to observe humpback whales bubble net feeding, diving and even breaching. Needless to say that it was an awesome day on the water!

Here, several humpback whales capture herring by engaging in bubble net feeding, a complex feeding maneuver that is often accompanied by the apparent directed use of air bubble clouds to corral the herring into a small area so that the whales can more efficiently scoop up the herring in their large filter-feeding mouths.

 

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