One of our most fun trips of the year is back! Join us as we welcome back marine biologist, educator, and killer whale researcher, Josh McInnes for an exciting cruise where we’ll explore the ecology of southeast Alaska’s marine life. We’ll search killer whales in Endicott or Tracy Arms and humpback whales in Frederick Sound, as well as troll for plankton and explore the unfamiliar microscopic world. There will be lots of time for kayaking, tidepooling and learning how the sea and the forest are interconnected.
Itinerary – 8-Days Southbound Juneau to Petersburg
Dates: June 20-27, 2017
Departs: Juneau 12:00pm
Disembarks: Petersburg 1:00pm
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Juneau to Taku Harbor
You’ll board the David B in Juneau at noon and soon leave this busy tourist town for your first introduction to the abundance of sea-life in Southeast Alaska’s cold nutrient rich waters. Once underway we’ll head out into Gastineau Channel and make our way to Taku Harbor. Along the way Josh talk about the uniqueness of Southeast Alaska and why it’s home to so many kinds of sea mammals.
Taku Harbor to Tracy Arm / Fords Terror Wilderness Area
The first stop for the day is at Wood Spit at the mouth of Endicott Arm. We’ll explore tidepools and go for a walk on animal trails in an old growth forest. What makes Wood Spit remarkable is that it is made up of rocks piled up and left by the maximum advance of Dawes Glacier.
After lunch, we’ll get underway again and head deeper into Endicott Arm and anchor in Fords Terror. Along the way we’ll look for killer whales, and maybe even spot a humpback whale while Josh talks about the relationship between seals and mammal eating killer whales.
Fords Terror – Dawes Glacier – Little Dawes
After hiking, you’ll visit the source of all of the Endicott Arm icebergs, Dawes Glacier. Along the way you’ll see harbor seals hauled out on icebergs, and maybe even killer whales.
In the evening we’ll anchor at Little Dawes and go ashore for a meadow walk. You’ll also want to take binoculars with you since this is an area where mountain goats are often seen.
Little Dawes to Tracy Arm to Williams Cove
Before we leave the Tracy Arm / Fords Terror Wilderness, you’ll have the opportunity to kayak in Williams Cove our anchorage for the night.
Williams Cove to Cannery Cove
Cannery Cove to Baranof Warm Springs
Baranof Warm Springs to Cleveland Passage
Cleveland Passage to Petersburg
Please note that this is a sample itinerary and it is subject to change depending on weather and wildlife.
Josh is currently working towards a graduate degree on transient killer whales. He is very interested in foraging and diet studies and the ecological relationship exhibited by prey. Besides conducting research, Josh has been a whale watch guide throughout British Columbia and was recently interviewed for the upcoming documentary Fragile Waters. He is also conducting independent research on killer whales with a small group of volunteers. We’re looking forward to having Josh on board and to the new insights on killer whales he brings through his research. For more information about the Transient Killer Whale Research Project.