Monday, June 13th, 2011
Steller Sea Lion

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One of the guidelines for observing marine mammals in Alaskan waters is to view them from a distance of no less than 100 yards. In this case, a Steller Sea Lion popped out just a few yards beyond the stern of our boat, curious and unconcerned about its proximity to our boat. Steller Sea Lions were named after the German naturalist Georg Steller who, after first discovering the Steller Sea Lion in 1741, described them as the “lion of the sea” with a lion like roar and leonine eyes with golden pupils. Also known as the clowns of Alaskan waters, their intense curiosity coupled with their built-in playfulness make them a joy to watch

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Humpback Whale Spout

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All whales have to surface to breathe and when they exhale they produce a spout of moist, warm air from blowholes on the top of their heads, like this Humpback Whale near Shelter Island north of Juneau. Different whale species can be distinguished by the size and shape of their spout. For instance, Right Whales have two blowholes, creating a v-shaped spout.

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