Location: Sitka Harbour, southeast Alaska
Comments: Turnaround day today in Sitka. We sadly bid farewell to the guests from our last trip and then hurriedly started turning the boat around for our next scuba diving charter. Our biggest problem in turning the Nautilus Explorer around in Sitka is staying focused and not getting distracted by all the bald eagles. It’s really tough as there are eagles literally everywhere – sitting on top of boat masts, perched on radars, walking around on the beach, sitting by fish cleaning stations at the end of docks and, of course, perched in trees. There were literally hundreds of bald eagles around today. It’s remarkable and I would say that the eagles easily outnumber the seagulls by at least 3:1!! I’ve always wondered what it is about Sitka that is so attractive to bald eagles. Sure, there are lots of fishermen coming in, cleaning their catches and throwing the fish carcasses into the water. But that happens all over Alaska. Personally, I like to think that the eagles come in to put on a personal show for the Nautilus!
Weather: Overcast, rain showers, light winds, temperatures in the mid 50’s
Water: Water temperature and visibility unknown.