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Touring Alaska: 6 Things To Know About Wildlife Watching
To appreciate a viewing of whales, bears, seals and other species in their natural habitat, knowing something about them is a good idea. Here are some interesting facts about Alaska's wildlife gained from a recent visit to the land of the midnight sun.
- Humpback whales can consume as much as a ton of fish every day- Migrating to Alaska in the summer months, Humpback whales end a winter-long fast to build up a thick layer of fat needed for their move to Hawaii and Mexico in the fall.
- Killer whales are capable of successfully attacking whales much larger than they are. Killer whales hunt in groups, communicating with each other and giving them a predator's advantage over their prey.
- Kill the flash- The flash from a camera can scare away just about any wildlife at sea or on land. Good to know if confronted by #4
- Black Bears come in more colors than black- Brown (cinnamon bears), cream and blue (glacier bears) are the more popular colors.
- Sea Lions get their name from looking like terrestrial lions found in Africa and Asia- Steller Sea Lions have large necks and shoulders, covered with coarse hair that resembles a mane.
- "Eagle Eye" not just a saying- American Bald Eagles, plentiful in Alaska, can spot a fish from over a mile away, fly at speeds up to 30 miles an hour and dive at nearly 100 miles per hour.
[Flickr photo by *christopher*]