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Thread: Finally Spring~the whales have returned!

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    Wanted to share some recent pictures of the humpback whales returning to AK. A sure sign that spring has arrived! Hope you enjoy them.

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    BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the whales!!!
    I used to work on a dinner cruise ship in Hawaii. Once in a while I would work the lunch cruise and get to see the whales. They are SO awesome!! Had a couple of them one day just swimming under and around the ship. Had to shut the engines down for about an hour until they were done "playing" and left. Somewhere I have some pictures of them. One layed on it's side and swam right next to the boat. Was too cool!!

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    They are so majestic. Thank you for sharing.

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    Thank you for sharing the pictures. On my list of things to do, take a cruise and see the whales!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Thank you for sharing the pictures. On my list of things to do, take a cruise and see the whales.
    Ninnie
    We start the cruise ship season this month. Gets pretty crazy here on certain days of the week. My folks and sister have taken the cruise through the Inside Passage and really enjoyed themselves. You'll have to look me up if you come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the whales!!!
    I used to work on a dinner cruise ship in Hawaii. Once in a while I would work the lunch cruise and get to see the whales. They are SO awesome!! Had a couple of them one day just swimming under and around the ship. Had to shut the engines down for about an hour until they were done "playing" and left. Somewhere I have some pictures of them. One layed on it's side and swam right next to the boat. Was too cool!!
    Been there and done that with shutting down the engines and drifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    They are so majestic. Thank you for sharing.
    Totally agree. My daughters call them the gentle giants.

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    Oh WOW! That is sew great! It is on my bucket list to one day see the great whales, somehow! :lol: :lol:

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    Very cool! It must be really something to see them in person!

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    Thank you!! I love those photos!! Does it feel like they're coming home?

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    Beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing :D :D :D We enjoy going to the coast and watching their migration, they are amazing creatures :D

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    You get your west coast humpbacks about 6 weeks before the east cost humps arrive in out Newfoundland waters.

    We have icebergs right now and the birds are starting to return to the islands. (They spend the winter at sea bobbing on the ocean).
    We LOVE the whales.

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    You are so lucky to view such a beautiful sight. Thanks for sharing.

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    Beautiful :!: :!: Thanks for the pictures. I too want to do the passage cruise one day. :D

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    Awesome! So beautiful!

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    I would love to see whales, I enjoy the pictures thank you :D

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    Wow -- beautiful pictures!! (But it still looks really cold there!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan lady
    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the whales!!!
    I used to work on a dinner cruise ship in Hawaii. Once in a while I would work the lunch cruise and get to see the whales. They are SO awesome!! Had a couple of them one day just swimming under and around the ship. Had to shut the engines down for about an hour until they were done "playing" and left. Somewhere I have some pictures of them. One layed on it's side and swam right next to the boat. Was too cool!!
    Been there and done that with shutting down the engines and drifting.
    The tourists would get mad if the cruise took longer than expected because of shutting the engines down. They would ask if there was something we could do to get the whales to leave. I would usually respond with....Oh, we would pick the most obnoxious customer and toss them in. lol
    Yea, I know, mean, huh?
    There was always a briefing that went on about the whales. Do's and Don'ts as to what we could do and couldn't do and it was always told that if the whale approached, we HAD to shut the engines down. Some people just don't listen.......

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    WOW!
    What great pictures! I too am a whale lover. Would love to take a whale watching trip. WE could do a swap, I have a place on the Kenai and in Anchorage if you get this way. He He!

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    You are sooo incredibly lucky to live in a place where you can see such beautiful things...like right outside your door!!! Thanks for showing them...DH & I will take the Inside Passage cruise on day! :lol:

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    ahhhh...thanks! They should be headed our way in a couple of months.

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    They are AWESOME!!! Thank you for sharing them :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearpaw
    Very cool! It must be really something to see them in person!
    Bearpaw, I'm still in awe of the whales and how graceful they are for their size. Never tire of watching them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Thank you!! I love those photos!! Does it feel like they're coming home?
    Yes! Every spring when you see the first spouts you just want to watch them for as long as you can(to heck with work). It's such a great feeling. I've been able to watch them since 1982. I also know when they leave in November that winter is around the corner. So for now we all just sit back and watch the show :-)

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    The Whales are beautiful! I love them! They are such a gracious animal and are spectactular amazing!! Lol. :D :D

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