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Whale watching report - April 7, 2004 - Juneau


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Fun to get out on the water early in the spring.

On April 7, we saw 5 Humpbacks & 40+ Killer Whales, as well as a nice assortment of Harbor seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Black tail Deer & Dalls Porpoise.

No bears sighted but fresh grass shoots are just appearing at the beach treeline and should be just a matter of days/hours before we see them browsing there. It does feel like spring here.

Lots of school kid trips going to occur in the next few weeks and I will try to update on what we see.

Hope this helps ...
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What is the best month to see many whales?

We booked for next May 11, 2005 on the Spirit roundtrip out of Vancouver and are going to have a hard time holding our excitement down this next year. My husband and I were on the pride this February for our honeymoon and we went whalewatching in Cabo San Lucas. It was amazing, humpbacks breaching just a few hundred feet away from our boat and a couple of gray whales and jumping mantarays. It was the highlight of our trip. We are looking forward to whalewatching in Alaska.

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Noodle,
As your coming in May of 2005, you have time to get many different opinions on this but in my opinion, whale watching in Juneau is good from May to mid-June, Great from Mid June to mid October.

Historically speaking:

Highest congregations of Humpback Whales in Juneau: July, Aug, Sept

Highest congregations of Orca (Killer Whale) in Juneau: April May & August Sept.

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Thanks for the report. We are on the Diamond in Aug and I can't wait to see the whales. I have seen the humpback's in Maui and they are so amazing and I am looking forward to being able to see them again.

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Thanks for the report!!
We will be on Capt. Larry's tour in early June, and I hope we see many whales and other animals [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]

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Juneau-ite

Now you've got me stoked.
Booked a whale watching cruise in Icy Straits Point 5-11-04. I understand that Pt. Adolphus is very close and a great place to see them. Any thoughts?

Bob

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Hi Juneau-ite,

We are going to be in Juneau on May 10th and wondered approx. what time sunset is? Thanks.

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Zebra,

4:42 a.m.

Here is a nice webpage to use.

[url="http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=112&obj=sun&month=5&year=2004&day=1"]Time & Date[/url]

FutureGatorDad

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Hi Juneau-ite,
You have opened a Pandora's box! [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]

I also will be in Juneau May 10th. A couple of questions: is Alaska on Daylight Savings or one of the states that stays on standard time? (By the way, thanx for the clock link, that is cool!)

Secondly, is it possible to see Northern Lights at this time? or doesn't it get dark enough? I hope to get lucky on that score but know the timing isn't the best ...

Thanks for all of your input!
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