Our 9-hour tour departed at 9:00 a.m. into a fog bank but that didn’t stop us from having a great time and seeing some wonderful things.
Our first dramatic sight was our home! There we are, third RV from the right.
These Sea Otters were just chillin’ as we passed by. They looked so relaxed there floating on their backs, not a care in the world.
The ship’s captain did an excellent job of making sure we didn’t miss anything and that everyone had a chance to get the photo before he moved on to the next spot.
Northwestern Glacier is only one of the glaciers we saw but this one was the turnaround spot of the tour.
When we got close to the glacier the captain turned off the motor and we sat quietly for half an hour listening to the frequent crack followed by a thunderous rumble while pieces of the glacier broke off and fell into the water. It was rather exciting and people were shouting and pointing when it happened. It was like watching fireworks with the “ooo’s” and “ahhh’s”.
Whales! Boy, did we see the whales. Humpback Whales. The captain stopped the boat for about 45 minutes while we watched the whales jumping again and again. There were a few close to the boat but we could see about a dozen others in the distance spouting and jumping. It was so cool to hear them grunting and making the noises that whales make. I took pictures until the battery died in my camera.
Ever wonder where seagulls live? The Common Murre look like penguins but they are not. But they are the deepest-diving sea bird that can still fly.
We also saw Dall’s Porpoise alongside the boat but they were too quick to photograph. They look like small Orca’s.
It was a fantastic experience!