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Spring whale watching tour not just for tourists

By James Gaddis 9:26 AM May 12, 2014
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Taking a wildlife tour out of Seward in early spring not only helps avoid a crowd, but also ensures you’ll experience a special time in Alaska.

“Today was the beginning of the dynamics of the ecosystem coming back alive in spring,” said Kenai Fjords Tours Captain Chris Overbeck.

KTVA’s James Gaddis and Daybreak’s Family Fun Expert Erin Kirkland recently took a boat tour on Resurrection Bay.  It’s a trip Kirkland said many Alaskans are missing out on.

“I think what happens with a lot of Alaska residents is they just tend to forget about it. They need just a little inspiration from people like us to get them out there,” Kirkland said.

From sea otters, eagles and Dall’s porpoise to mountain goats, puffins and Steller sea lions, the ecosystem was alive with activity.

Many on the boat broke out their long camera lenses to try and get a shot of the humpback, gray and even fin whales, which all made an appearance.

“You were incredibly lucky. We saw, like, more than 10 different kinds of species of animals and birds and the weather was great,” Kirkland said. “It didn’t pour or rain on us.  James, you got so lucky.”

You could, too.

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