Seward residents have been treated to a visiting Humpback Whale for the past week. This isn’t one of those whales you can barely see looking South out the bay. No, this whale has been coming right up to the head of the bay and swimming close to town, and even near the cruiseship dock! We have seen it on four different days this week from our office – whale watching is sure a nice break from key-wording! Yesterday there was a pretty big crowd of cars and locals watching. I think it is pretty cool to see people stopping and still getting excited about a whale swimming by considering most residents of Seward have probably seen a lot of whales over the years.
Humpbacks and Orcas can be seen from time to time from town, but it isn’t very often that one hangs out for so long. It probably helps that the summer boating traffic hasn’t picked up. Most Humpbacks spend the winter in Hawaii, but a few do remain in Alaska year around.
This is actually an older photo from our whale photo collection, I haven’t tried to photograph this visitor yet.