Today, it's all about the whales! We took two wildlife excursions - one in Juneau, and one in Sitka. The first two pictures below are the first whales we encountered. It was a mother and her baby. The baby was jumping completely out of the water, and I was desperately hoping for a good picture. You've got to remember that I'm in a catamaran that is rocking on the water, and the whale is so fast! You never know where they are going to appear and reappear in the water. Even the crew on the boat got excited about seeing this baby perform for us!
While in Juneau, we were fortunate enough to come upon a school of five Orca whales. According to the crew, this is a very rare occurrence, and they couldn't believe the good luck we had in finding them.
This is one of the Humpback whales we saw in Sitka. What a gorgeous place, and we had a sunny fabulous time on the excursion and later walking around the town.
The following five pictures were taken in succession. The whales are in Alaska mainly to eat. They travel to Hawaii to have their babies, and then back to Alaska each year to eat. When they do a big dive, their hump appears (as in the first picture below), and then their tail gracefully flaps through the water. They can be under the water for as long as ten minutes, and you never know where they will resurface.