Fjords Tours - Seward,
opportunities to see area wildlife and glaciers, the Kenai Fjords
Tours offers a National Park day cruise from Seward, Alaska.
We got on a large double deck boat with inside heated seating
with large picture windows and outdoor seating. The captain took
us out of the Seward harbor and out into Resurrection Bay. The
Russians named it Resurrection Bay because they discovered it
on Easter Sunday. We continued on out into the Gulf of Alaska
where we saw quite a few fishing boats.
in between several islands and the captain pulled up close to one
so we could see a group of Stellar's sea lions on a rocky pull out
site. There were quite a few baby sea lions in the group, and the
captain informed us that they had just learned to swim. We cruised
on along the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park. We came up
to several more small islands that were inhabited by many sea birds.
We got to see quite a few puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes and parakeet
auklets. The puffins were the most unusual . They have wings that
are just a little too short and bodies that are just a little too
heavy. This makes them really bad at taking off and landing. It takes
everything they've got to get off the ground and 9 out of every 10
landings are aborted. They have large multicolored beaks that allow
them to carry several fish at a time back to their fledglings.
the captain took us up into some of the passages or fjords. He took
us right up close to a huge tidewater glacier. He turned the engine
off and asked everyone to be silent. We listened and watched the glacier
closely. Every minute or two we could see ice crumbling down from
the glacier into the water. A second or two later we would hear a
sound like crashing thunder. Sometimes huge chunks of the glacier
would fall off and come crashing down into the water. This is called
calving. The sound was really impressive. The glaciers are an eerie
shade of light blue.
Huge chunks of ice were
floating all around us. Some of the larger pieces of ice had harbor
seals resting on them. The harbor seals prefer to give birth on
the floating chunks of ice so that predators such as bears cannot
get to their young. The only predators they have to worry about
are gulls and bald eagles. On the way back to the harbor the captain
spotted a few porpoises but they did not stay around for long.
Sometimes the boat tours see humpback whales or an orcas but we
were not that lucky on our tour. In the middle of the tour we
were served a lunch with a choice of fried halibut or chicken.
The boat went a total of 110 miles in 6 hours, a most enjoyable
tour. Phone 907-224-8068
8:00 am - Returning 2:00 pm(5/13,20,5/25-9/9)
11:30 am - Returning 5:30 pm(5/5 - 10/7)
3:00 pm - Returning 9:00 pm(6/2 - 8/26)
Subject To Change
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