Sailing Alaska

A beautiful place to be!

03 June 2008 | Seward, Alaska
20 July 2007 | Seward,Ak
18 July 2007 | Prince William Sound
11 June 2007 | Seward,Ak
09 June 2007 | Seward,Ak
27 May 2007 | Sunny Cove, Resurrection Bay, Alaska

Whales........Note: Video shot on May 19 2007

09 June 2007 | Sunny Cove
Dan
This is my first post where I will attempt to insert a video clip. I've not done this before, so I hope it works well.
I promised some video of the orcas so here it is.

Anyone want to go for s swim?

We got to Sunny Cove about four in the afternoon. This being the first time out this year, I was anxious to try out my new trim tabs for my dingy. While Fay was milling about the boat, I got the dingy down off the boat, hung the five horse motor on her, and went for a test ride. While I was out dinking around these orcas came in the cove with us. As I said before I high tailed it back to the boat to get the video camera. Fortunately the orcas stayed in the Cove for about 45 minutes. I managed to get some pretty fair shots. These orcas had picked out a very nice little spot on the beach where the gravel was about the size of egg rock. It was a small stretch of beach about 150 ft. long. The rest of the beach was made up of larger rocks that were covered with moss. The orcas would move up into the shallow water, and role in the gravel. I'm pretty sure they're knocking off parasites. It was quite a sight to see and as always when we see wildlife we enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm told we have two groups of orcas in this area. One group they called transients, and they only like seals. The other group they call the locals, and they survive on fish. I don't know which these were transients or locals. I understand that the seals can tell the transients from the locals. When the transients are around the seals get out of the water but when the locals around they just stay in the water. There weren't any seals around so I don't know if these were transients or locals.

Last year my friends from Phase II, Mike and Valerie, witness the same behavior from the orcas here too. When they had the pleasure to see this, they happened to be on the beach without a camera. Pity. They got a pretty up close view standing at the edge of the water watching the orcas. It's the kind of thing you don't soon forget. The view we got was from the boat halfway across the Cove. Maybe sometime I'll be lucky enough to be on the beach with the camera when the orcas come back. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

I will continue my ramblings very soon, so stay tuned.
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Vessel Name: Soul Mate
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 36
Hailing Port: Seward, AK USA
Crew: Capt'n Dan, First Mate Fay, Swab Tammy, Swab Kendra
About: We've been sailing since 1995. Just got our 36' Catalina MKII in 2006 and just love it. Our plan is to cruise after I retire in just a few years. We are currently gaining experience. Alaska is a wonderful place to sail.
Extra: Dan says... I'm an Energy Conversion Specialist in Alaska. I�m 48 and hope to retire in 4 to 5 years, and when I do �I�m Going Cruising�! Fay is a Home Health Nurse in Anchorage, When I go cruising I want to take her with me!
Soul Mate's Photos - Sailing Alaska (Main)
22 Photos
Created 20 July 2007
These are photos of the boat before we bought her...
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Created 17 July 2007
This album is for the pics that don't fit elswhere!
8 Photos
Created 17 July 2007
Calm Seas and Fair Winds!