OK, we’re not actually in Bethel, yet. We’re at the Anchorage airport, waiting for our flight, so I thought I’d give you a brief introduction to the town in which we’ll be spending a long weekend.
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Alaska’s Steller sea lions
Warning: This post contains sad and disturbing photos of injured and deceased sea animals.
In January I wrote a post about the adorable Steller sea lions of Resurrection Bay. Unfortunately, they’re endangered.
It was only when I started learning about sea lions for the blog that I discovered this fact, and after some debate I decided that I should share the sad side of my sea lion research with you. So here goes:
Yesterday, I talked at length about the sad fact that Seward’s eagles are sick, so I thought I’d follow up with evidence that not all of them are starving. Dale took a photo of an adult eagle last weekend that was posing majestically next to the bay, but he didn’t notice until he processed the photo that this bird had just finished a meal.
“Three more!” I cried, pointing to the birds perched in the tree.
Driving through a neighborhood near the waterfront, we were witnessing something unexpected—a large convocation of eagles. They were sitting atop telephone poles, perched on satellite dishes and rooftops, and even—as we saw when we turned the corner—blocking traffic in the street.
We drove to Anchorage yesterday for our monthly pilgrimage to Costco, and on the way we saw eight moose! (We also saw three more around Seward today, but who’s counting…)
Since the heavy snows last weekend, word-of-mouth had it that moose were out and about in Seward. I hadn’t seen one since moving here and was eagerly hoping that my luck would change. I wasn’t disappointed.
The snow started Friday and didn’t stop until mid-afternoon Saturday.
We’ve never experienced so much snow. Granted, that’s not saying much, but we heard old-timers in the grocery store commenting that it’s the most Seward’s had in years.
Photos and facts about this beautiful, fun sea creature, plus a comparison between sea lions and seals
Resurrection Bay is home to all manner of sea life, and every time we walk the waterfront trail, we see something, whether it’s eagles or otters or the occasional harbor seal. A few weeks ago it was a gathering of eight Steller sea lions, which hung out in the same spot near shore for at least 20 minutes, socializing and vocalizing as sea lions are inclined to do.
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Bear Lake, Alaska
Another first for us former Texans: a walk across a frozen lake.