Whale Watch Season is Almost Over

Whale Watch Season is Almost Over. There is snow on the mountains now once again and the cruise ships are here for another 3 weeks before they stop coming. Soon the whales will follow heading back to Hawaii and Mexico.


The killerwhales will stay, and a few of the hump back whales will stay, but most will leave to have their babies in the warm waters further south.


Please don’t forget to bring gloves, layered fleece or wool, waterproof thin clothing for layers and for wind.


It has been a great whale watch season with an unusual amount of calves and whales in Juneau, Alaska.


Bubble feeding is nearly over. By this time of the year they stop and begin to breach a lot, the courting is what I think breaching is. This brings out the high power cameras as people love to see the giants leap completely out of the water, not to mention the sound wave generated from the splash impact.

Humpback Whales in Juneau, Alaska and Facts

Humpback Whales in Juneau, Alaska and Facts: Humpback whales are found in all of the world’s oceans, although they generally prefer near-shore and near-island habitats for both feeding and breeding. In North America, whales start to migrate from their breeding waters of Mexico in February and reaching their feeding waters off the coast of Alaska, near Juneau, around April. During the breeding season, the humpback males are known for singing the longest and most complex songs in the animal kingdom. After a 12 month pregnancy, calves are born 15 feet long and weighing about 1.5 tons. They drink around 65 gallons of milk per day and a suckling calf can gain more than 100 pounds a day during the first few weeks of its life. Mothers stop nursing their young at about 11 months, when the calf has grown as long as 27 feet.

Humpbacks are ‘baleen’ whales, they have 270-400 baleen plates, instead of teeth. They feed by taking huge gulps of water and filter krill and small fish between these plates, up to a ton of food each day. Humpbacks also feed using a technique known as ‘bubble netting’. They swim in a spiral underneath a school of fish or krill blowing lots of bubbles. This creates a net of bubbles that traps a giant mass of krill. They then swim up the centre with their mouths open and have a feast.

Humpback whales travel in groups known as pods. When in a playful mood, we can see then breaching, rolling, slapping their fins and generally having fun. An adult Humpback’s two lungs, each the size of a small car, are emptied and refilled in less than two seconds. As the Humpback surfaces, it exhales through two blowholes on the top of its head. The air is expelled and cooled so rapidly that it forms a distinctive cloud, which is often mistaken for water.

Humpback whales can be seen throughout Alaska from May through September. Often, cruise ship passengers can see whales right from the deck of the ship and people often book Alaskan cruises hoping to see the whales. However, the best way to increase your chances of seeing these whales is by taking a whale watching tour. The capital city of Juneau, Alaska is the jewel of the whale watching industry in Alaska. Most boats depart from Auke Bay Harbor and explore Alaska’s Southeast Inside Passage which is considered to be the best whale watching in Juneau. Best of all, the smaller boats allow you to get a much closer view of the whales than any cruise ship can offer and you will most likely receive interesting facts about the local whale pods from your captain. The best time to see Humpback whales is during the summer months. You will see Humpback whales in the Barren Islands between Homer and Kodiak. June and July are the best months for seeing these enormous whales feeding using bubble netting. Over 500 whales make Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage their home during the months of summer in the land of the midnight sun.



All Tours now Meet in front of the Mt. Roberts Tram May 21, 2012

All Tours now Meet in front of the Mt. Roberts Tram May 21, 2012. This makes pickup centralized and easier for all of us. The Tram is centralized in downtown Juneau right where cruise ships unload. Some cruise ships have shuttles that drop off at the Tram, gain making it easy for everyone.

Please call or email us for any questions.

If you have received an email with different instruction before this date of May 21, 2012 please consider this updated information. Emails will follow with an update. If you receive an email after May 21, 2012 with different instructions it is due to special circumstances and we are catering to your needs.

This change is to make pickup and finding everyone easier giving us more time on the water.

Thank you and see you soon.

Whale Watch Alaska

Cory Mann / Gutchquena

7:30 AM Whale Watching Tour Details for 2012

7:30 AM Whale Watching Tour Details for 2012

Thank you for choosing Whale Watch Alaska, for your whale watch adventure in Juneau, Alaska. We will be looking for you a few minutes before 7:00 AM at the top of the ramp where your ship docks holding a sign and with your name and Whale Watch Alaska on it. We will also call you 30 minutes ahead of time to make sure everything is going smooth. At 7:00 AM we will depart for Auke Bay, Juneau, Alaska, a 30 minute drive to where your whale watching boat will disembark at 7:30 AM for 2 hours on the water wildlife cruise. You will return to your dock in downtown Juneau by 10:00 AM.

Please check our web site under ‘Tour News’ for any changes: for example; if your ship is delayed an hour, a day, or canceled for any reason, also, we will have up to the minute weather stats making sure your trip is safe and enjoyable. Your safety is our first priority and your satisfaction is our second. This is going to be a trip you will never forget and to share with your friends and family for the rest of your life.

Bring a warm fleece and waterproof windbreaker, light or thin gloves would not hurt. We will be cruising inside the world’s largest temperate rain-forest. If it is turns out to be 92 degrees that day you don’t have to wear your warm clothes, but you sure will appreciate it in the cool breeze and rain of 50 degrees on a brisk day on the ocean.

Remember your time is going to be outside on the deck taking pictures or video and catching your breath as the humpback whales will take it away by their sheer size: up to 52 feet long and weighing 30 to 50 tons, twice as big as the boat we will be in. Umbrellas do not work on the ocean with the wind and close proximity of each other so don’t bring one on-board please. Bring an extra battery and flash card for lots of video and pictures. Practice taking fast shots and video. Learn how to plan your shots quickly, the boat will be floating every direction possible and when a resident killerwhale breaches while chasing her dinner, maybe a 40 pound king salmon, you want to be ready for the shot of a lifetime.

Please call or email us for any questions.

Thank you.

Gutchquena / Cory Mann

Whale Watch Alaska
3701 Amalga St., Suite B
Juneau, AK  99801
United States

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