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  • Guest Blog – Close encounters with stellar sea lions – Aug.7/09

    I loved the humpback whales.  We saw 2 stellar sealions playing with a humpback whale.   And I liked the shopping onboard today.   Anne had an encounter with a stellar sealion of the 3rd kind.  Roxanne Second dive today was great conditions, great visiblity, very little current – a little chilly – but lots to see.  Great zodiac tour today.  Saw 5 humpback whales that hung around with us for 15 minutes.   And the best part of the day was kayaking with my bride of 23 years.  Dan Ehhh.  Richard  (note from Captain Mike  –  he is english).. Today was very…

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  • Guest Blog 14 July 2009

    Point Adolphus and Icy Strait, southeast Alaska I saw a wolf eel on a wall today. And when he left his spot he went phhhssssshhhhtt straight down. Howard I saw 3 orange peel nudibranchs in a row that were the size of  footballs. My computer showed 42 degrees but Captain Mike doesn’t  believe me (I figure 44 degrees minimum – Captain Mike). I had a single sole moon jelly accompany me on my safety stop. And then I saw a puffin on the surface. Ann The wolf eel was a pretty amazing thing because it was a dark wall with the wolfie laid out in a serpentine fashion…

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  • Guest Blog 9 July 2009

    A huge sea of moon jellies in a gorgeous steep sided inlet in Alaska Oh yeah, it goes without saying that the scenery and weather has been  superb so far on this trip.  The highlight so far is a tie between swimming around the icebergs, watching bald eagles swoop down on unsuspecting salmon fry as we drifted past in the inflatable or perhaps paddling close up to a feeding grizzly bear on Baranoff island. Lalitha. Jellin… with jellys. Jeff is jellin’ with jellies (note from Captain Mike -we dove with a wall of moon jellies). Jeff I can’t even come close to anything like that. 46 degrees and counting. Jane…

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  • Amazing, incredible numbers of jellies (jelly fish) everywhere

    Location: Baranoff Island, southeast Alaska Had a good start to this trip with nice diving at Meyers Chuck, a great iceberg day at Le Conte Bay and our first closeup grizzly bear sighting of the trip in an impossibly spectacular beautiful mountain fjord on the east side of Baranoff Island. Everything about this fjord was amazing. Impossible to describe the experience and feeling of floating along quietly in glassy calm water surrounded by sheer snow-covered mountains and watching bald eagles swooping down to hunt small salmon fry schooling around the skiff that we were sitting in. Then I noticed “smudges”…

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  • Guest Blog 2 July 2009

    Saw lots of coral today all over the walls – orange, white, red, pink.  There were also tons of nudibranchs. I got a picture today of a sea otter in the foreground, a whale spouting behind it and beautiful snowy mountains in the background.  Where else can you see that. Robbie I saw a snail laying eggs in a circular pattern and lots of good sized nudibranch egg masses. Susan’s Hooters were spectacular and well named. Rick Safety stop in 2 metre surge at “Dog Pile”  was fun…. (named for the stellar sealions who often swim by and frequent this site). Simon Petit tour en bateau pneumatique pour filmer…

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  • Too close to a humpback whale off Pt. Adolphus

    Location: Pt. Adolphus, Icy Strait, southeast Alaska. Pt. Adolphus is located across from the entrance to Glacier Bay. It  is current swept with lots of upwellings, loaded with nutrients and it’s a fabulous place to watch humpback whales, sealions, bald eagles, great flocks of seagulls and even the odd grizzly bear on the beach. Sometimes the trickiest part of visiting this area is actually staying out of the way of the whale. Which is exactly what  happened today. We were happily meandering along on a steady course and very low speed and watching humpback whales spouting, feeding and fluking all around us at a distance in compliance with marine mammal regulations. …

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  • Guest Blog 30 June 2009

    Breaching humpback whales, sea otters and stellar sealions. I loved the sea otter, the sea otter was sooo gorgeous.. he was scratching here there and everywhere, front legs, back legs, face and nose!!! – Dobby Humpback whales breaching, tail lobbing and generally hanging out for ages, a grizzly bear, sea otters, bald eagles, sea lions and a Fab dive site all in one day. Life does not get much better !! YES – jackie All the breaching humpbacks are starting to get in the way of all the diving !!! Isn’t life a bummer (British humour) – Simon La technique du “bubble-net feeding” (elles entourent leurs proies avec…

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