Our daily excursions on the Yakobi allow
us to explore many remote areas of this region. From Gull Cove Alaska lodge on
Chichagof Island, our charter boat will take us to the islands, bays, and
inlets of the Icy Strait area. During our daily travels, we see lots of
wildlife. Humpback whales frequent these waters and daily sightings are
common. On occasion, pods of orcas can be seen cruising Icy Strait.
Other frequently seen marine life are Steller sealions, sea otters,
harbor seals, and porpoises. Bald eagles, puffins, and a variety of seabirds seem
to be everywhere. And along the coastline we are always on the lookout
for an Alaskan brown bears, black bears or Sitka blacktail deer roaming the beaches.
Steller sealions - Glacier Bay
Whale watching.Icy Strait is a prime summer feeding ground for humpback whales.Whales can often be observed from the deck of your cabin at Gull Cove but great views can be had from on board the Yakobi.In addition to humpback whales, pods of orcas (killer whales) and an occasional minke whale are sometimes seen. There are lots of opportunities for photography of marine wildlife.
Other wildlife viewing.Marine life is abundant, again starting right at Gull Cove where harbor seals and sea otters can be observed just off shore.Steller sealions that inhabit this area have favorite hauling out areas on rocky islands near the outside coast.We
will also look for Alaskan brown bears, black bears, and Sitka black
tailed deer along the shorelines and at the river mouths. Mountain goats are sometimes spotted along the cliffs of the mainland. Bald eagles are abundant throughout the area. Wildlife viewing and nature photography possibilities abound!
Alaskan brown bear
For more wildlife photos, click on the eagle photo below.