Thursday, August 20, 2009

Resurrection Bay Kayaking

Monday we got up early and left Primrose to get to our kayaking spot. As much as I love being in a kayak, it's just so much easier, especially with guests who have never kayaked, to go to one of the kayak tour places and let them do all the prep work. I just have to show up, put on their boots, spray skirt, and life vest, climb into their kayak and paddle.

Here's DZ in his first kayak trip.

The kayak guide said this was a marbled murrelet and SEI says they are endangered:
The marbled murrelet, a small seabird which nests in the coastal, old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In North America, the birds' range stretches along the Pacific coast from the Bering Sea to central California, with the largest populations occurring in southeastern Alaska and northern British Columbia.

Their white heads make bald eagles pretty easy to spot.

We took a short break at the mouth of this creek
where the chum salmon were spawning.

If you look really closely in the lower middle to right you can see the spawning chum salmon. Or you can double click to enlarge the picture and see it better.

Unless you have binoculars, the sea otter is a brown lump
bobbing in the water and suddenly disappearing below the surface.

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