Hello! This is a little bit late in coming, and many of you have probably noticed that I've returned from my cruise up to Alaska! It was amazing!! We saw all kinds of awesome things!!
I kept a log of every wildlife sighting on the trip. Here goes:
19/8/14 -departure day
Mola count IIIXIIIIIIIIIIII (one dead)
California Sea Lion III
20/8/14 -day at sea
Leach's storm petrels III
Fork-tailed storm petrel
Little shark (mystery species. Blue??)
21/8/14 -day at sea
Fork-tailed storm petrel
Pod of 5 Dall's -clear, close view!!
Salmon shark!! (x2?!! +1?!)
Little requiem shark (blue?!) IIIII IIIIII
Mystery mysticete whale (Fin?!) x2
Bald eagles (Lost count!)
Great blue heron
-Whale-watching excursion sightings start here-
Steller's sea lion!
Humpbacks x7 bubble-net feeding
Cute shorebird (spotted sandpiper)
Kroschel Wildlife Center excursion
24/8/14 –Glacier bay
Tufted puffins (parents only :C )
Sea otter mama w/ baby!! (Motter & baby –dotter?)
Black bears (mama & 2 cubs!)
Silver & King salmon
Great blue herons (3)
26/8/14 –at sea
Mystery tube-nosed bird
Diving bird (puffin?)
Orca pod (at least 4, with at least 2 adult males)*
Large mystery rorqual~
Mystery splashing water animal
Little sharks IIII
Mystery little birds
Salmon shark! Clear ID! (Sister only)
*There's a funny story to this sighting! I had lost my watch that morning, and so I went back up to the cafeteria deck to look for it. As I was looking, a family eating nearby pointed at something out the window. I thought they were confusing the waves for dolphins or something, so I didn't look. But then I heard them talking about fins and, sure enough, when I looked out to where the family was pointing, I saw a group of long black fins rise out of the water... and then back down! I was so happy to see orcas, that for a moment I didn't care if I never got my watch back. The family that had pointed them out, sadly, did not know what they were looking at. They kept asking each other what they were, if they could be sharks or whatnot. After the orcas didn't show up for a third surfacing, I went down to the ship's lost-and-found.... where someone had found and turned in my missing watch!
27/8/14 –Victoria, B.C., Canada
Northwestern Crow (?)
Lots of gulls
28/8/14 –At sea
Tuna relative (Mystery splashing animal) (Albacore??)
Little Velella jellies!
Velella conga line!
Pacific white-sided dolphin pod!
Young black-footed albatross (mystery seabird)
Then ~FOG~ visibility 0
The trip was so much fun! I can't wait to go on another one!
But for now, classes have started. Onwards to my last semester of college!
Tetsumon - AbSoul (Absol Soul)
ridollstix - Team Champ