Juneau is home to an abundance of wildlife. On the shore, you can see Sitka Black-Tailed Deer, black and brown bear, porcupine, beaver, marmot and mountain goats. Ravens, bald eagles, Arctic Tern, Scoters, and Harlequin Ducks are abundant here and our marine mammals include Humpback Whales, Dall’s Porpoise, Stellar Sea Lions, harbor seals, Orca whales and otter.
Humpback whales migrate from the waters surrounding Hawaii to the waters of the Inside Passage for a grand summer feast. Although they are typically solitary, when they reach Alaskan waters, they concentrate in groups, traveling and working cooperatively to feed. The highlight of any whale watch is witnessing the bubble feeding that occurs with the Humpback Whales in Southeast Alaska. Bubble feeding is synchronized swimming on a grand scale. Taking turns, one whale releases the bubble net, while the others gather beneath the trapped herring and then lunge through in a synchronized dance, surfacing at the same time.