A Journal, with Pictures

Juneau, Alaska

by on Jul.18, 2011, under Happenings

We docked at around one in the afternoon in at Juneau, Alaska’s state capital. We did a little sight seeing, including the famous Red Dog Saloon. At two thirty we were picked up by van and taken to a dock for a photo safari by land and sea. This turned out to be one of the high lights of our cruise. The objective was whale watching and we were rewarded by observing a phenomenon called “bubble feeding”.We spied a pod of 12 humpback whales cruising near the shore. They lifted their tails and dove and our guide said, it looks like they are bubble feeding for mackerel. In this process they dive below the school and surround the fish with a circle of bubbles, then they ascend with mouths open ingesting the fish finally exploding at the surface. We could hear the whales as they climbed and then they broke through the water right next to the boat. They continued the bubble feeding for another thirty minuets or so. We then made our way past sleeping sea lions back to the dock for our land photo op.

Bubble Feeding Humpback Whales!

We docked still excited about our whale experience and drove to the Mendenhall Glacier. We walked through a beautiful forest, past native medicinal plants, streams, and then came out to see the face of the glacier.


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