Alaska Wildlife

Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales which migrate annually to the waters of SouthEast Alaska can readily be seen from your ship.  Ask your onboard naturalist for recommendations of the best times and places.


The number of whales you see will be proportional to the amount of time  you s pend looking, be patient.


Look for the distinctive "puff" or "blow" from the whale just above the surface of the water.  Humpback Whales will generally do this 4 to 5 times in succession before making a deep dive.  Look for the curve of the back as they come briefly to the surface.


If you are lucky you may even observe a "break" when they leap out of the water before returning.


A  tail held up high and straight, showing the flukes indicates a deep dive, the whale may not resurface for at least 15-20 minutes.


If watching whales is a priority, make sure to take a whale watching tour or shore excursion.  

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