Go Whale Watching

Long before visitors were fascinated with the majestic ocean creatures, Alaska Native tribes heavily relied on whales for survival. Today, they are celebrated in the community at the annual Sitka WhaleFest and are a pillar of the Sitka Sound Science Center’s research. Summer is the best time for whale watching but the mammals can be seen any time of year. Grey, orca and minke whales travel through the Sitka Sound each summer. From July to December, humpback whales feast on krill off the Sitka coastline. Many migratory whales return to the same pools every year and local captains have learned their patterns. Take a chartered whale watching excursion to watch the 40-foot giants breaching. To see whales from shore, travel along the scenic highway to O’Connell Bridge or visit Whale Park. Relax under covered gazebos and watch as children play on life-size humpback whale sculptures and listen to the “songs” of humpbacks from a hydrophone.

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