Humpback Whale in Seward, Alaska

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel 9 Comments

Humpback Whale in Seward

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.

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  1. Wow. Great photo. Being able to see whales from your office makes the winters worthwhile. Now I can see why you live in Alaska.

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  3. OK, I am absolutely green with jealousy Ron. I have been in the presence of whales only twice in my life so far – and it was magical both times. To be in an area where this can happen from a view from your office must be very rewarding.

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    Hey Mark,

    I hope you didn’t drive down here looking for it last weekend, I haven’t seen him in a few days. By the way, congrats on the photos in Alaska Airline Magazine!

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    I haven’t seen it in since late last week – I will keep my eyes open and will update this if I do see it again. The water is calm today, so it should be easy to spot.

  6. I am thinking of visiting Anchorage in April of 2009. Do you think that April “would be” an enjoyable month to visit and see the whales?

    Thank you.

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    Hi Romy,

    April can be kind of a tough month to visit. There is still snow around, but it is also the break-up period, so lot of mud, water and dirty snow. I don’t know if any of the whale watching tours will be running then. I would prefer mid June as things will have greened up, and there should be lots more whales.

    Hope that helps,


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