Random Photo from Seward, Alaska: Steller sea lions on a haul-out

On Monday, we went into full-on tourist mode and took a Kenai Fjords boat tour.  We left the Seward Boat Harbor at 10:00 and spent over eight hours on the water.  After crossing Resurrection Bay, we left the safety of sheltered waters and entered the big, bad Gulf of Alaska, which luckily for us was very calm.  We tooled around all afternoon, looking for (and finding) all manner of sea creatures while being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll share lots and lots of photos as well as information about the boat trip, the wildlife, and the landscapes.

For now, enjoy this photograph of a group of Steller sea lions sunning themselves on one of the Chiswells, a group of islands whose only inhabitants are birds and sealife.  Ever since I wrote about Steller sea lions last year, I have wanted to glimpse them like this, doing what they do best—sprawling, barking, and being utterly lazy.

More to come soon!

Just a reminder: These sea lions are endangered, but there are things we can do to help them.