Subject: Re: Whale watching

Dr. Cathy Schaeff (
Mon, 06 Oct 1997 10:11:42 +0000


There are a large number of whale species found around Alaska so timing
is going to depend on what species she wants to see. Most people visit
southern Alaska. Species she might see in the summer (i.e., Alaskian
waters included in the species summer distribution) include: blue
whales, fin whales, sei whales, minke whales, humpbacks, gray whales
(migrate past southern Alaska and spend the summer mostly in waters
north and west of Alaska), sperm whales, belukas, and Orcas.  Many
cruise companies will send you a video so that you can see what species
are typically seen during a cruise.  In addition to timing and location,
the size of boat also affects things because the large ships can't get
into the bays and coastal waters as well as the smaller boats do.

Hope she has fun.  Cathy Schaeff
Dr. Cathy Schaeff
Biology Department 
American University
4400 Mass. Ave. N.W. 
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