By Lynn Readicker-Henderson, Ed Readicker-Henderson
This guidebook deals assurance of the heritage, tradition, geography and weather of Coastal Alaska and the interior Passage. The e-book beneficial properties areas to consume, attractions to determine, in addition to taking an in depth examine locations akin to Ketchikan, the Aleutians, Kodiak, Seldovia and Glacier Bay, Tenakee.
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There are less scrupulous whale-watching tour operators who will take out a dozen small boats, surround a group of whales from a legal distance, and thrill their clients with the whales coming up out of the water – which the whales are doing because they’re seriously pissed off and feeling threatened by the boats. Whales n 17 Feeding When watching the sea, look for the spout, the whale’s breath, which is visible from quite a distance. It looks like a small palm tree of water and, from a distance, is much easier to spot than the body of the whale.
Overall in the Tongass, hemlock comprises 60% of the forest; Sitka spruce 30%. They share the forest with more than 900 other species of plant. ) This includes 200 species of vascular plant, 100 or so species of moss and liverwort, around 350 species of lichen, and nearly 30 spe- Economics n 41 cies of fern. In the mature forest, there are roughly 150 species of bird and mammal, plus thousands of insect species calling the place home. Now for the other side of the story. Logging has long been second only to fishing as the most important industry in Southeast Alaska; for many years, it kept the entire state’s economy afloat.
Sea otters grow to six feet and live, somewhat communally, in kelp beds. Rather odd is that while they live in groups, they don’t really interact with each other; there may be some play fights and mating behavior, but other than that, they pretty much pretend the other otters aren’t there. Their diet consists largely of fish, marine bivalves and sea urchins, and they’re famous for using rocks to bash open tough shells. There’s a flap of skin under their forelegs in which they can stash food or rocks.