We cruised by Black-legged Kittiwakes nesting on the cliffs.
Here's a couple of youngsters looking like they're going to squeeze each other out.
The next island featured Tufted Puffins nesting.
And then above them and more Kittiwakes was a big surprise; a Red-faced Cormorant!
Here's one that is watching at least two nests... the nanny?
We then headed the boat for Aialik Glacier in the aptly named Aialik Bay. Along the way we passed a Rhinoceros Auklet.
At the mouth of Aialik Bay we came across a mama and calf pair of Humpbacks! That was so much fun to watch and I took at least 100 photos and at least a dozen videos. Here's the highlights.
And as you may hear on the video, Captain Andrea called the mama a "BIG girl" and I believe she said she was a 40 footer. You'll also hear a lot of oohs and aahs and the guy mentioning the dorsal is First Mate Chris. It was the highlight of the trip and so beautiful.
After this video we put the boat in gear and headed back towards Seward as the day was nearing an end. The whales would dive for approximately 10 minutes at a time so we didn't wait around for their next surfacing. We probably watched them for 45 minutes or so anyway.
Captain Andrea of the Mariah of Kenai Fjords Tours "Captain's Choice".