Amazing Glaciers, Exciting Wildlif....
Trip Start May 27, 2013
37Trip End Aug 09, 2013
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Early Sunday morning we were off on a 9 hour cruise of Prince William Sound which took us from Valdez to Meares Glacier. In route we traveled the shoreline looking for the critters that call the Sound home. We spotted sea otter, harbor seals, sea lions, humpback & orca whales, porpoise, eagles, puffins and more!!!! One whale was delighted to put on an energetic show for us...breaking the mirrored surface just feet from our boat, blowing, surfacing and diving many, many times. Our captain was very articulate with stories about the history and culture of the Sound from early explorers, gold and copper mining, oil shipping, commercial fishing, the 1964 earthquake, and the1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. We hit it right when we got to the Glacier and it starting calving (ice breaking off the glacier and crashing into the water). Many people never get to witness this, listen to the incredible sounds when you watch the clip. It really was exciting...so quiet, waiting in anticipation...
With plenty of food, a living tapestry of sights that filled our heads for eons to come and a lulling ride back...we were ready to be tucked in for a great night's sleep and once again marvel at this most treasured rugged land.