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Icy Strait

Icy Strait, Alaska, USA
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Orca Encounters around the Alaskan “Panhandle”  Alaska United States

Orca Encounters around the Alaskan “Panhandle”

The numerous fjords and small islands surrounding Alaska’s southeastern “panhandle” teem with sea life, including sea lions, otters, and harbor seals; porpoises, humpback, and gray whales; and orcas (known in these parts by their noms de guerre, killer whales). Since orca pods can travel more than 50 sea miles in a single day to hunt for food, seeing them isn’t always easy. But every month, at least a few boat passengers and kayakers are lucky enough to glimpse them surfacing—with their unmistakable bold coloring and dorsal fins up to five feet high.

A reputable expedition team can greatly increase your chances of encountering rare wildlife species. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s Alaska itineraries bring you as close as possible to the state’s myriad wild creatures.