Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer Solstice

Since our last posting, we completed two charters on the M/V Ursa Major between Petersburg and Sitka. We had the opportunity to visit Tracy Arm, an ice-choked fiord south of Juneau.

The ice found in Tracy Arm is from the South Sawyer Glacier, (seen above).

Josh drove the M/V Ursa Major within two miles of the glacier face and close to many harbor seals and waterfalls.

My duties for the trip in Tracy Arm included netting small ice chunks for cocktails with the fish net and pushing ice out of the way with the boat pole.

Josh photographed these two brown bears near the Hidden Falls hatchery on Baranof Island. Brown bears can range in color from light tan to black. It is the shape of the head that distinguishes true brown bears from true black bears.

This family of killer whales were photographed outside Tracy Arm feeding on herring.

Dall's porpoise are known for their rooster-tailing behavior and are common bowriders on boats. These marine mammals are prey for killer whales.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! What immense beauty you see all around you every day.

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us landlubbers.