Southeast Alaska Day 13 – Whales in Frederick Sound

July 11, 2012

The day was spent on the eight-hour ferry sailing between Petersburg and Juneau, Alaska.  The route included Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage, both key summer grounds for humpback whales migrating back and forth between Southeast Alaska and Hawaii.

And sure enough, we saw over a dozen humpbacks scattered about in both bodies of water ranging from 100 yards to over a mile away.  Most of the sightings were simply spouts, but there were also some flukes, which I managed to capture in a couple of photos.

Humpback whale fluke in Frederick Sound, Southeast Alaska

Humpback whale fluke in Frederick Sound, Southeast Alaska (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM)

 

Purse seine fishing boat in Stephens Passage, Southeast Alaska

Purse seine fishing boat in Stephens Passage, Southeast Alaska (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM)

Continue to  Day 14 – Mount Roberts Tramway and Arrival in Glacier Bay

 

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