Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Long and Winding Road
Looking over my pictures I took of our trip, I couldnt decide what to post, so many...... Alaska is just to photogenic! LOL So, today I'll post pictures of just our trip onboard the Kenai Fjord Tours boat, which left from Seward. I didnt get pictures of some of the sealife. Why? I was to amazed to even remember that I had a camera! And there were times when it was to far out for my point and shoot to pick up. I didnt get a picture of the sea otters, porpoises, the humpback whales, or the fin whales. Yeah, we saw all of those, and more. And here we go!
Killer whales!!!! This is the adult male of the pod. Killer whales stay in the pod they are born into their entire lives. When different pods meet up the males will go over and mate with a female and then go back to his mother. This pod was comprised of this whale's mother, his sister, and several of her offspring. He is the only one that got close to the boat. His sister had a new baby that was so tiny! To explain just how big he is, the dorsal fin is 6 feet (1.828 Meters) tall.
I moved away from the glacier side of the boat to let more people have picture access. While standing at the rail, I heard what to me sounded like breakfast time. Then I realized it was the ice making that sound. If you look closely you can see the air "boil" out of the ice. When the snow compresses into ice, the air gets trapped, and when it melts it pops.
If you ever get the chance to visit Alaska, this trip is a must do, no question about it. The scenery, the sea life, and what made it even better, is the running dialog about what we were looking at from the captain. They were informative without being the least bit boring.