Here are the likely Alaska Wildlife sights on a summer tour
A Bald Eagles mating ritual in the Fall. These creatures are commonly seen around Admiralty Island National Monument. Photo by Dan Pancamo.
The Kenai Peninsula, just south of Anchorage, sees the end of the US paved highway system at hippy Homer, plenty of varied Alaska wildlife, numerous glaciers, the famous Kachemak Bay State Park and popular tourist target Seward.
Humpback whales bubble-net-feeding in North Pass between Lincoln Island and Shelter Island near Juneau in August. Photo by Evadb.
(Prince) Frederick Sound in SE Alaska, is one of the best summertime whale-watching areas in the USA in the summer feeding time; in fact in 1995 near Petersburg a whale jumped into a boat with tourists, just to welcome them to Alaska (apparently).
Frederick Sound is also a favoured feeding zone for Killer whales, aka Orcas, who snack on just about everything from seals to smaller whales, as well as plenty of prey such as otters, seals, sea lions and porpoises.
However, tourists can see whales in most of Alaska’s waters, just not quite the frequency of Frederick Sound.
In early November whales and otters head for Sitka to participate in the Whale Festival there and you don’t even have to get in a boat to see them, the city park is quite sufficient.
An Alaskan beaver, photo Kent Miller.
No, not the neighbour’s cat with a winter coat on. That is a Canadian Lynx.
A Dall Sheep having a good scratch in Denali. Photo by Alex Vanderstuyf.
A Denali fox going home with a takeaway Arctic Ground Squirrel. Photo by Kent Miller.
Porcupines crossing a Denali road. Photo by Alex Vanderstuyf.
Yes, Alaska even has polar bears though you’ll have to travel to the Beaufort Sea to get a sighting. Photo from NOAA Library.