Friday, September 16th, 2011
Humpback Whales In Lynn Canal

Back in Juneau, I have been reintroduced to the magic of marine life on a photo tour with Gastineau Guiding yesterday. Thanks to Stacy La Mascus for sharing your passion about the marine world and Humpback whales in particular. Pretty soon, we will bid farewell to most of the Humpback whales pictured here, as they will take a break in their Alaska feeding frenzy and embark on their 3000-mile seasonal migration to their breeding grounds in Hawaii. As Stacy put it, “their kitchen is in Alaska, their bedroom is in Hawaii!” This shot was taken on the west side of Lynn Canal, close to the Chilkat Peninsula near the base of Mount Golub.

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Friday, August 12th, 2011
Steller Sea Lions At Little Island

I knew that Steller Sea Lions were very flexible, but when I saw this one at Little Island north of Juneau rotate his head backwards with ease to a horizontal plane it made my head spin! Try this pose for yourself, it’s virtually impossible, unless you are exceptionally flexible.

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Monday, August 1st, 2011
Whale Watching At Its Best

Greta’s cousin Sean McKeown and I were fishing for Coho’s on Saturday when the VHF got busy with whale sightings. It was a gorgeous day on the water, calm and sunny, and after we got our limit of Silver salmon, Sean saw no reason to hurry back to land. Instead, he steered his boat, appropriately named ‘Not on Call’, to Stephens Passage, where we joined an armada of boats watching Humpback whales bubblenet feed. It was just awe-inspiring to see and hear these gigantic marine mammals up close. This day reminded me just how exceptional a place Juneau is. Almost one million visitors stop in Juneau for a few hours during the summer to catch a glimpse of the magic of this place some of us are fortunate to call home.

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