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Discover Alaska's Whales
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Become a citizen science observer for the day aboard a safari vessel, where you will observe marine animals such as humpback whales and collect data of great scientific value.
After departing from the pier, you will soon board a safari vessel specifically designed for wildlife viewing. The custom-built vessel features large-panel windows and sits low in the water to offer the best vantage point from inside the heated cabin or out on the open bow.
A naturalist guide will be onboard as you take on the role of a citizen science observer, which entails collecting data and documenting wildlife activities for a local university and regional science programs. During the cruise, you will attempt to track and record the behaviors of various marine creatures, including humpback whales.
It will be a hands-on experience that may include collecting water samples, monitoring invasive species, sampling plankton and recording your observations of marine mammals. Your completed data log will be used to help scientists improve their understanding of the marine food chain and environmental factors that affect wildlife populations.
You might even spot a humpback whale breaching the water’s surface, as they feed voraciously here to fatten up for their winter migration south. Whatever you observe and record, you can be assured that your effects will contribute to the safeguarding and deepening of our understanding of the delicate marine environments of Southeast Alaska.
Need to Know:
Note: Guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothing, dress in layers with comfortable walking shoes. Be prepared with clothing suitable for rainy climates. Guests must be able to independently navigate the few steps to board the vehicles and vessel, as well as a sloped ramp leading down to the boat harbor docks that is steepened depending on the level of the tides. Group size is limited to 20 participants to ensure a comfortable and personal experience. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you’ll receive $100 cash back at the conclusion of the tour. Liability waiver required to be signed in the presence of the tour operator. All participants are eligible to enter the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest and win cash prizes.
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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