Alaska Wildlife

Iconic and unexpected animals of the American West

Alaska is renowned for its iconic wildlife—whales, bears, and eagles. You’re certain to see them, but you’ll also discover much more. Strange and beautiful undersea creatures. Pods of orca and large groups of Steller sea lions. Bald eagles soaring and puffins swimming. Rough-skinned newts and carnivorous plants. Discover forests and seas brimming with life.

Richest whale experience possible
Our intimate 62-guest expedition ships are small and nimble, perfectly sized to allow us to navigate the wildlife rich channels and linger in the small bays where whales come to feed. Your naturalists will deploy a hydrophone to eavesdrop on the sounds of whale vocalizations, and researchers from the Alaska Whale Foundation will come aboard one day to share the most up-to-date findings on humpback whale behavior. With 30+ years of experience in the region, we know where to go for up close encounters with humpback whales.

Alaska’s wild undersea
Explore kelp forests with giant Pacific octopuses, undersea mountain ranges capped in white anemones, a vibrant underwater life in reds, purples, and yellows—all from the comfort of the ship’s lounge. You’ll see places never before viewed by human eyes as your undersea specialist dives to shoot video and share the wildlife and wonders of this fascinating world. (Undersea specialists are aboard all Alaska itineraries except Wild Alaska Escape).

World’s largest black bears and more
Haida Gwaii, which we visit on our Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia and Haida Gwaii itinerary, is considered the "Canadian Galapagos" for its endemic plants, species of birds, and land mammals including the world’s largest black bears. Plus other intriguing animals: deer mouse, shrew, river otter, ermine (weasel), pine marten, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Steller’s jay, and hairy woodpecker.

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