On Tuesday afternoon the Kenai Fjords Tours vessel Coastal Explorer departed from the Seward Small Boat Harbor to head into Resurrection Bay in hopes of seeing the ever elusive gray whales on their migration route from Mexico to the Chukchi Sea. Driven by Captain Chris Overbeck, the Coastal Explorer found more than just a gray whale, it found Resurrection Bay coming to life.
Passengers got a glimpse of a gray whale blow on its northern journey just outside of Cape Resurrection while a humpback and two fin whales were spotted in the calmer waters of Resurrection Bay.
The hustle and the bustle of our local wildlife became clear as they prepare themselves for an active summer of bearing young, feeding, and overall survival. It is a wonderful and unique experience that tour boats like the Coastal Explorer, let us get a glimpse of that.
Along with the charming sea otters and robust Steller sea lions, passengers on the Coastal Explorer found themselves in close distance to bald eagles, Dall’s porpoise, mountain goats, busily nesting black-legged kittiwakes, cormorants, and common murres. The first tufted puffins of the season were spotted shortly thereafter, much to the delight of Captain Overbeck and his crew.