Petersburg, AK
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Alaska Whale Watching

Whales, Glaciers, and More!

Alaska Whale Watching – Frederick Sound is one of the best places in the world for Alaska whale watching. You get to see Humpback whales! We offer a full day (7-8 hours) trip to see these amazing animals in their summer feeding grounds. We have a hydrophone onboard to listen in if they are vocalizing. We might also see Orca, sea lions, porpoise, and a variety of bird-life on this trip. If weather conditions allow, we may stop at a remote island for some beach-combing.

If you are lucky enough to see a group of these graceful giants performing their bubblenet feeding behavior it’s an experience that will take your breath away. Southeast Alaska is one of the few places in the world where you can see humpback whales practice this method of feeding and Frederick Sound is the center of this activity. Follow the link to a description of this activity. Ingenious Bubble Net Fishing

Our many years of working on these waters has allowed us to develop a wide network of contacts that keep us informed of the locations and activities of the whales. We are in frequent contact with other charter boats, commercial fishermen and bush pilots to pinpoint interesting action. Since there are so many whales in our area there is quite a bit of research being done here. We often exchange information with the researchers about behavior and movements. The Petersburg Marine Mammal Center was founded in our home port to give logistical support to researchers and educate the public about these incredible animals.

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Captain Scott Hursey is a resident of Petersburg since 1973. He has been running boats in this area since then, with over 30 years in the charter business. Learn more »

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