Salmon are amazing, trying, and trying, and trying to get upstream…so they can spawn and die. If you get a chance to see this, it’s amazing. The best run I’ve experienced here in Ketchikan was late in August, but it varies depending on the season, the location, and the variety of salmon.
Still pictures don’t really capture is, so check out my Youtube video to see these guys in action: https://youtu.be/qL6OIhiJ_QM
This glittering statue on Ketchikan Creek is prettier than the salmon swimming below him, but not as heroic. Next time I’ll show the live animals in their upstream struggle.
It’s hard to see him in this picture, but look for a little head. This wasn’t the only day I saw seals in Creek Street. Take some time and you might see one too. So cute.
Look carefully and you’ll see the fish going up for processing into Taku Smokeries right on the dock. Signs nearby and inside the building explain more of the process. You might even see workers in action.
Portage Pass Trail, Whittier
A humpback whale on a whale-watching tour out of Juneau.
Appropriate Alaskan decor at the pool on the MS Amsterdam.
Free touch tank full of Alaskan creatures, like this sea star, anemones, etc. Fisheries Research Center, across the big bridge from downtown.
A whale seen right from the beach at Icy Strait Point. It blew a ring of bubbles and then lunged up, mouth open, presumably scooping up a load of food.