Next on the list of thrilling experiences was seeing a humpback whale.
We've all seen pictures of these magnificent whales with the beautiful tails, but it's just so much better in real life!
Of course I was trying to get that National Geographic shot, without the National Geographic equipment.
But it's hard to do. Apparently if you get in a smaller boat and are willing to spend a lot of time on the water you can get pretty close for those "perfect" shots. I was happy just to get to see the whales.
We saw some puffins too. They are very cute little birds but they aren't fond of getting their pictures taken. On the Mako Taxi tour our guide told us they will always turn away from you no matter how many times you try to get around them. This results in a lot of puffin shots that look like this.
They did cooperate a little this time.
Here comes the whale again.
The tail is rising.
And then it disappears. It looks pretty beat up too. It must be a tough life for them.
This gull looks straight out of the Little Mermaid to me. Oh maybe Finding Nemo.
Our skillful boat captain had to negotiate a lot of ice to get close to this glacier. We could hear it making all kinds of noise before a small chunk of ice dropped off.
We headed back to Seward, very satisfied passengers.