The 30-ton creature rocketed out of the water twenty yards from our ship and I was forever changed.
Now more than ever, travelers are waving goodbye to the rocky coast, reaching for their wetsuits, and taking to Alaskan waters in search of new thrills from snorkeling and diving to jet skiing and, yes, even surfing.
“Yes! I love the sea!” Captain Nemo says. “It is an immense desert where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides... The sea is nothing but love and emotion.”
We love our whales and bears, caribou and bald eagles, but there are so many creatures that make Alaska such an incredible place to explore. Here are 5 of my favorites.