Monday, July 6, 2009
Valdez - Sea Otter
My photo/blogger buddy Tim visited here in Denali last week. We decided to take a photo trip outside the park for a couple of days. We traveled the Denali Highway east and then south to the town of Valdez. There we took a wildlife/glacier viewing cruise out into the Prince William Sound. In the marina we happened upon a cooperative sea otter seen above.
We watched the otter for over an hour, thrilled to watch as he dove repeatedly for mussels and clams on the bottom and return to crack open the shells right in front of us. If you look closely in the above image, you can see him use his teeth to break open the mussel.
He was so cool as he laid back, floating like a cork and feasted on his efforts.
The glacier scenics as seen in the above and second from the top image were also spectacular in the evening as the sun would poke through and light up the mountains behind the teal colored ice bergs from the Columbia Glacier. Good times.