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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.

12:30 PM Salmon Fishing Trip Details for 2012

12:30 PM Salmon Fishing Trip Details for 2012

Thank you for choosing Whale Watch Alaska, for your 1/2 day salmon fishing adventure in Juneau, Alaska. We will be looking for you a few minutes before 12:00 PM at the top of the ramp where your ship docks holding a sign and with your name and Whale Watch Alaska Fishing on it. We will also call you 30 minutes ahead of time to make sure everything is going smooth. At 12:00 PM we will depart for Auke Bay, Juneau, Alaska, a 30 minute drive to where your whale watching boat will disembark at 12:30 PM for 3 hours on the water for the world’s best salmon fishing. You will return to your dock in downtown Juneau by 4:00 PM.

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

907.957.3238 office email

Whale Watch Alaska is a Stories and Legends, Inc. Venture

Fish Alaska Hooligans are in!

Fish Alaska Hooligans are in! Hooligans are the famous candle fish. They are called the ‘candle fish’ because when you smoke them until they are dry they have so much oil in them that you simply can light them on fire like a candle and use this instead of a candle.

These Hooligans only come once a year usually during the high tide at the end of April or Early May, usually the first week of May in Haines, Alaska, about 65 miles north of Juneau.. The native people love them and they come only once a year. When you catch these fish they are often measured in 2 measurements; by the bucket (5 gallon minimum size) and by the truck load. You catch so many of these fish that people put them in the bed of a full size truck for easy transport to either your smokehouse or Hooligan pits which are typically located at 4 miles up the Chilkat River. My village is 23 miles up the Chilkat River, called Kluckwan.


I have spotted these fish in Berners Bay, the end of the north end of the road in Juneau, Alaska. They are much harder to catch there and come in much smaller numbers.

These fish look see-through or clear in places much like the Winter Sockeye run up the Chilkat River. They taste the best of all the fish in Alaska and trade for the most in trade items.

If you get a chance to eat some, don’t miss out. I haven’t found one person in my life yet that does not like them.

I have 2 buckets getting flown in, in a few hours and I cannot wait. They are good fried, cold smoked until dry (1.5 months 24 hours a day), breaded, hot smoked, and in soup.


Good Luck fishing.


Alaska killerwhales Facts

Alaska killerwhales Facts:

There are 2 kinds of killerwhales in Alaska; resident and transient. These whales have evolved from a common ansestor, but geneticly are different. The main difference is their diet. Transient killerwhales eat marine mammals (seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and large whales) Resident whales eat salmon and can be found fishing alongside porpoise for schools of fish. Both types of killerwhales are social though. But they do not interact or bread with each other.

Resident Killerwhales have been known to travel more than 1,000 miles in the Gulf of Alaska from Southeast Alaska to Kenie.

They have also been known to travel in pods of 100 or more.

Transient killerwhales travel in pods of less than 10 and their offspring often leave to join another pod.

Bio of Gutchquena / Cory Mann

Bio of Gutchquena / Cory Mann:

As director of the award winning movie, Smokin’ Fish, my interests include taking care of the environment, catching my own dinner in my village, skiing, canoeing, whale watching, and anything outdoors and with friends and family.

As a USCG certified 50 Ton Captain, educated in business at NAU, I enjoy being on the water teaching people about whale watching and area my family comes from for more than 10,000 years now. I am Tlingit – American Indian, love my culture and enjoy sharing it. I also enjoy designing and manufacturing beautiful cashmere scarves, silk scarves, with my families designs and without. This allows me to wholesale my art to more than 300 stores around North America and Europe. Working with my families art allows me to enjoy family time and share my knowledge with other family members and their friends.

I have taken more than 500,000 people on tour, like the Minister of Finance of Thailand to my Grandma Jeannette Mann. I grew up on the water. My guide certs: swift water, rescue, canoe, kayak, CDL, and Master Cold Water Diver. I am certified by the USA a Thunderbird, Tlingit Native American – my family – Da Kin ista’ – guided the Tlingit people to Alaska over the Juneau Ice-field.

President of Stories and Legends, Inc. Established in 1994 as tour bus company with one bus we grew to include trolley cars and tour brokerages, to accompany our lonely bus. In 2000 we diversified into textile gifts. In 2002 we came out with our first scarf design in silk velvet, which continues to be a best seller. Now we own looms producing the finest cashmere scarves, silk scarves, linen scarves, and cotton scarves, on the market, 50% in Native American Designs 50% in designs for any occasion, like weddings, romantic dinners, cold winter days, and blistering hot days. We have done bamboo and ceramic kitchenware as well. Now we are diversifying into more clothing accessories including headbands, earrings, and hats.

We are manufacturing wholesalers so if you see a store near you that you want to see us in please let us know and we will make you an affiliate.

We continue to offer tours in whale watching and sport fishing. Some of our customers include the Minister of Finance of Thailand, Pow-Wows, and Potlatches of the Northwest Coast.

Today Stories and Legends, Inc is divided into 3 companies: Textile Manufactureing with a focus on scarves and gifts. We are manufacturing wholesalers so if you see a store near you that you want to see us in please let us know and we will make you an affiliate.

Stories and Legends is a holding company for: Whale Watch Alaska tours and – we help companies get found online.

Wish you were here Tenakee Inlet, Alaska

My little yak bone buddha under opening blossoms of red sits quietly, even meditatively, in the afternoon sun of tenakee inlet…the honey colored wood holds the stillness in its grains….the only sounds here in march are lapping waves of an incoming tide, flapping wings of ravens and crows and the flop, plop of snow dropping off the roof…wish you were here!!!


Whale watch Mothers are like Whale Watching Moms

Whale watch Mothers are like Whale Watching Moms is a bit confusing I guess. What I mean is the mothers of baby humpback whales speak differently than their baby or other whales in the pod they are in. Just like my mother when I was small spoke baby talk to me, mother whales must speak baby talk to their children.

I know and other whale watching people know that when humpback whales come to the dinner table during bubble feeding time one will signal the others to feed and they are all come so fast they fall right on top of each other.

Another trait I have been watching whales is the mother will take her child and teach it how to jump out of the water. It is pretty funny to see the little one, which is not little at all, breach but cannot yet do it. She will show him / her over and over until their playmate comes over, a friend of the child, ‘Steller.’ This seal lion will roll over the child’s back and circle around her / him over and over until both of them roll over each other. Mom of course is watching me, the captain of the nearby boat and somehow I can’t help but think of my family’s native american artwork telling me how we used to be able to communicate with animals, but no longer can. So they put this circle in the artwork to show this lost communication. It means we will get it back one day, so remember when it does so we never lose it again.

Ever wonder how the whales can tell each other when they are hungry, scared, in love, happy and just want to hang out with people? Sure they talk and as we say sing to each other, but with their brains much like ours are communicating without sound as well.

Case study: My boss, Sky Bonell, wanted so bad to jump in the water and swim with the whales when they were so close by last year, 2011, at North Pass (close to Auke Bay – Juneau, Alaska) when we were out paddle boarding and whale watching. I wanted to jump in as well. Sure the water is cold, sure they humpbacks are tough enough to fend off with their flukes, killer whales (that each great white sharks) . All I could think of was they wanted us to jump in and swim with them as we wanted to as well. Their eyes look at you like careful mother’s eyes do, wondering if we are safe for her child to be around or not.

That silent communication is placed in the Tlingit Native American Art as it is used in the water by humpback whale mothers. One last interesting note on Tlingit art, it is all about water, communication, and which mother you come from.

Herring Eggs are in from Sitka

Herring Eggs are in from Sitka today. My uncle Mike Mann and I packaged them up this morning into gallon size bags. They taste fantastic. I can see why the whales love to eat the herring now.

The eggs are small and when you eat them it might be a thousand at a time, this is how small they are.

Although I am not in Sitka right now, I can only imagine how they whale are feeling right now. Thee fish are small and what you use for fishing, not shark fishing, but salmon fishing.

You don’t cook them, but you do warm them up to eat but dunking them in almost boiling water for one second, then pull them out and serve with seal oil or hooligan oil, share with everyone around you.