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Old September 2nd, 2008, 01:07 AM
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Default Alaska Videos - Whales, Glaciers and bears

I want to share these with you. They are big downloads so if you don't have broadband don't try them, but otherwise they are good.

Video of a glacier calving anf a shooter, which is a piece of a glacier breaking off from below and coming through the surface. This was the biggest shooter even our Alaskan naturalist had ever seen.


There are humpback whales doing a practice called bubble feeding which has only been observed in Western Alaska. A pod of humpback whales (about a dozen) work together to capture the krill and small fish they live on. First they sight a school of herring. One whale encircles the herring with a ring of bubbles while the pod swims below them with their mouths open. Meanwhile, a group leader gives auditory signals you can hear through an underwater microphone (hydrophone). When the "go" signal sounds the whales all swim towards the surface, mouths open, until the food trapped within the circle of bubbles gets to the surface of the water. All the whales, each of them 30 tons and 50 feet long, simultaneously break through the layer of food concentrated on the surface with their mouths fully open. It's an incredible sight to say the least.


This one is black bear in the wild near Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau:


This one is humpback whales breaching on our Junea whale watching excursion:

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Old September 2nd, 2008, 08:38 AM
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OMG Paul,
Some amazing footage.....So, did you enjoy Alaska?? I just got back a week ago and already want to return again some day.

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Old September 15th, 2008, 03:24 PM
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wow - totally awesome! Thanks for taking the time to show us!
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