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USA: Amazing Day in Glacier Bay with Ruby the Otter Spotter!

May 27, 2013 Alaska

sunny 65 °F

Another day up bright and early looking for whales, otters and anything else we could see walking around on the mountains. Today we would be entering the beautiful Glacier Bay! There are 8 glaciers in the bay and 11 total in the National Park. We are very lucky to have this opportunity to see this because Glacier Bay is one of the only places in Alaska with healthy and advancing glaciers, a rarity in today's world. In this first photo below you can see a ship next to the Margerie Glacier so you can get an idea of the enormity of this glacier!

As we entered Glacier Bay Ruby's sharp eyes spotted several otters floating on their backs in the calm waters (even a mama otter with a baby on her belly), a grizzly bear walking along the beach and goats on the cliffs that look like little white dots in the distance…lucky we had the long lens for our camera!

The highlight of today was definitely huge pieces of the Margerie Glacier calving into the bay!!! In the first photo of this blog entry you can see a ship next to the Margerie Glacier so you can get an idea of the enormity of this glacier and what it means to see huge chunks of it falling into the water. The weather was so perfect that you could even see the Fairweather Mountains in the distance (named because you can only see them in fair weather). It’s hard to explain the sounds that a glacier makes as is cracks, slides and crashes into the water. You can see the sequence of action the photos below! We hope you all have the chance to one day experience it! :)

We got everything one could ask for in Glacier Bay National Park…clear blue skies, otters & whales in the calm water and yes, they even have Glaciers. We enjoyed the views from the jacuzzi as we left the bay at the end of the day. . .

Posted by Tony.Ruby 14:03 Archived in USA

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