Alaska

Even More 6/5: “We are Just a Crouton in a Bowl of Whale Soup…”

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Dick made the comment in the title of this post as we were surrounded by humpbacks; he said he’d heard one of the guides use the phrase last week. It was most appropriate this evening.

It was now 6:20pm, and no one was thinking about dinner.  We watched the line of humpbacks, not sure how many there really were; Three? Four? Five?  At times, maybe six.

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Oops, there’s one close to the ship:

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Remembering to check out the scenery, and not just the whale show:

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We also saw a barge toting boats, trucks, and other goods – probably the only option for some, since so many areas in Alaska are not connected by roads:

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One thing that stood out about this evening’s adventure was how often we saw at least two whales close together.  At times, it looked like they were playing follow-the-leader.

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It was time to go in for a quick bite to eat, and then hurry back outside.  Another quick look at the mountains and the blows against the shoreline:

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Wait a minute?  What’s that?  Ha!  You didn’t get away this time:

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Let’s straighten you up:

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We kept scanning for another breach – sometimes a humpback will breach more than once – and rarely more than a hundred times! That didn’t happen, but that’s okay.  Scientists don’t know for sure why whales breach – it may be to wash off parasites, to communicate, or just because they’re feeling frisky.

We enjoyed the next hour watching the fun.  And, in case you’re wondering, I did put the camera down every so often to just enjoy the sights.  A few more photos:

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At 8pm, we saw the Island Princess arriving.  They were late to the party, but maybe they’d seen whales elsewhere, since there seemed to be so many.

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No time to worry about the cruise ship, we had more buddy activity to watch:

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The Island Princess came close enough so we could see they were watching the new Disney “Oz” movie on their big screen. There weren’t a lot of people out on deck or at their balconies.  One good thing about this interruption – Lou said we did get a cell phone signal while they were in the vicinity.

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It was almost 9pm when we said good night to both the Island Princess and the whales.

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A goodnight shot from the last dynamic duo of the evening:

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Another day exceeds expectations! Thank you, Lou – this has been the best birthday present ever.

 

I went to bed with visions of leaping whales …

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