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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:41 PM
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What are the chances of seeing Killer Whales during an Alaskan Cruise June 3 - 10? Where would we find them? We are going to be in Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.
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We did see a group of them during our inside passage, they were swimming along the shore line. Just keep looking all the time, you may get lucky and spot a few.
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The whale watching tours out of Seattle, Vancouver or Victoria are the best bets for orca sightings. Juneau is the port of choice (of those you mentioned) for humpback watching. I'll let BudgetQueen give her usual spiel about whale sightings from the ships, but for the original question: orca sightings in SE Alaska are always a bonus, and not to be counted on. I think Orca Enterprises claims something like 5 or 10% of their summer tours see orcas. Alaskan Marine Adventures claims 50% or better for orcas if you're coming early in the season (May and June), but chances are slim (but not "none") later in the summer.

Many people confuse Dahl Porpoise for Orca when viewed from a distance. The markings are the same, but the size is the major distinguishing factor.

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Thank you both so much for the helpful advice. I will just consider any Orcas that we see a major bonus. I am so excited about this cruise. This is something I have always wanted to do and now my 20 yr. old daughter is taking me as a gift. I am such a lucky Mom and am so glad to be able to experience such a beautiful place with such a wonderful daughter. I will definitely be on this message board afterwards with my review of the NCL Sun. Again, thank you so much for all the help.
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I think chances are very low
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Orcas have such a vast range that is it EXTREMELY difficult to count on any viewing of the transients.

IF you want viewing. Go on a whale watch out of Victoria, for the resident L J K pods.

Humpbacks are more predictable with feeding areas.

I saw many Dalls porpoises, last week, another thing you won't see is blows and a taller dorsal fin that you will from orcas.
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I'll let BudgetQueen give her usual spiel about whale sightings from the ships,

My "spiel" has NEVER been about orcas, and the information I have posted has been very benefical to some who care to watch for humpbacks.
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a friend of mine who is in the marine science told me Victoria is the best place for killer whale sighting. I went last year and had a great time. That's exactly what karen16 said
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I'll let BudgetQueen give her usual spiel about whale sightings from the ships,

My "spiel" has NEVER been about orcas, and the information I have posted has been very benefical to some who care to watch for humpbacks.
I'm sorry, this has WHAT to do with the question? Are Karen16 and BudgetQueen the same person? I didn't know that! You're right... these ARE very informative forums...

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I guess my daughter and i will go on the Whale Watching Tour and if we happen to see Killer Whales we will consider ourselves extremely lucky, and if we see none....well, time spent with my daughter looking for whales is priceless. So, killer whales or not, I am going to enjoy myself and the time with my daughter.
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Just returned on Saturday. I had a tour out of Juneau and we saw 8 Orcas. Also, in the seven days we were on our cruise we counted 22 whales between our tours and seeing them from the ship. Were we lucky or what
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Karen,
Are there orca whalewatching tours from Vancouver and do have any company names?
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Are there orca whalewatching tours from Vancouver and do have any company names?
I have never gone out of Vancouver, always Victoria. I've heard of a company, but don't recall the name. Perhaps, so a search?
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