Sealife Center and Aialik Glacier

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Octopus at the Sealife Center

Well, it’s raining again.  We are starting to look to see if our feet are becoming webbed.  Our cruise was scheduled for 3 p.m. so we had the morning to go to the Alaska SeaLife Center.  This facility started as a research facility and then was turned into an educational center for visitors.  The animals that are on display for the public are the ones they use for their research.  The sea lion has patches on her back where they attach sensors for their research on feeding behaviors since they are changing their feeding habits in the wild and their numbers are decreasing.

They also rehabilitate animals from the wild and then release them.  It is a nice, but small facility.

After grabbing a quick lunch, it was time for our trip.  Still raining we hoped it would let up enough to get some wildlife pictures.  For the most part the rain let up for most of the trip only coming down too hard to go outside on the return trip to Seward.  We saw more critters than we were able to photograph as some only gave us a glimpse and swam on.  We saw otters, whales, many birds, including eagles, murres, puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants, Dall porpoise, seals, and sea lions.  They also served a nice salmon dinner as we sat at the Aialik Glacier.  This glacier is a mile wide and quite thick.  It did some minor calving while we were there.  The harbor seals were lying on the ice floes from the glacier.

The rain prevented any photography on the return to Seward.

Tomorrow we are actually going out on Resurrection Bay again hoping to see more animals with better weather.  The weather forecast however is not promising.

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Octopus at the Sealife Center
Octopus at the Sealife Center
Common murre at the Sealife Center
Common murre at the Sealife Center
Steller Sea lion at the Sealife Ce…
Steller Sea lion at the Sealife C…
Star fish at the Sealife Center
Star fish at the Sealife Center
Waterfront of Seward
Waterfront of Seward
Aialik Glacier
Aialik Glacier
At Aialik Glacier
At Aialik Glacier
The glacier
The glacier
Rugged shoreline
Rugged shoreline
Interesting rock formation
Interesting rock formation
Sea otter
Sea otter
Keeping his hands and feet warm
Keeping his hands and feet warm
Humpback whale
Humpback whale
Flying puffin
Flying puffin
Steller Sea lions
Steller Sea lions
Two sea lions
Two sea lions
Harbor seals on the ice
Harbor seals on the ice
Aialik Glacier from afar
Aialik Glacier from afar
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photo by: shadowflower