The M. V. Sikumi offers passengers numerous opportunities to view wildlife in its most pristine and primal form. Alaska’s Inside Passage and its waterways are populated by many diverse and exotic forms of wildlife, perhaps none more numerous and diverse than the bird population. The decks of the M. V. Sikumi offer the ideal vantage point for seeing these Alaskan birds.
Bald eagles are one of the most popular and most frequently watched birds in Alaska. You’ll have opportunities to watch the eagles as they live in their natural environment. Take advantage of the sights as eagles swoop down from the skies and snatch fish from the sea. Watch them soar elegantly and lounge about on the shore and occasionally atop the boat.
Opportunities for Alaska wildlife viewing lurk around every corner when cruising aboard the Sikumi. Eagles are commonly sighted swooping down and snatching fish from the water. Experience the thrill of having an orca whale just yards away from our ship as he “spy-hops” to look you in the eye.
Bald Eagles are found in great proliferation in Alaska, more so than in anywhere else in the USA. You’ll have opportunities to watch eagles as they live in their natural environment, swooping down from the skies to snatch a fish from the sea or just soaring elegantly above us.
Spring in Alaska sees the arrival of a vast concentration of migratory shore and estuary birds. You might see water-fowl, pipers, heron and swans just to name a few.
From the avid birdwatcher to the novice lover of wildlife, cruises aboard the M.V. Sikumi offer ample opportunities to view and photograph the many types of birds found in Alaska.
“It’s probably the bald eagles that awed me the most. I counted nine near a stream, by the bay where we anchored for the night. One eagle was on the ground, feeding on a large salmon. Others watched from the trees and would occasionally take flight around our small group of passengers who had gone ashore to explore. The eagle feasting on the fish let me approach within about 40 feet before reluctantly taking off without its prey. Others whistled to each other, and one pair flew over in close formation, framed by a perfect backdrop of snow-capped peaks and blue sky.”
Clark Mason, USA
They are a quiet and intimate way to explore kittiwake rookeries and other coastal sights.
While cruising we may encounter numerous types of Alaska wildlife: humpback whales, killer whales, sea lions, seals, and sea otters, not to mention an enormous variety of sea birds. While on shore, beach combing or hiking, you might chance upon brown or black bears, moose, fox or porcupine. Eagles are found in nearly every corner of the Alaska coastline, and are sure to be a common sight along your cruise. The majestic scenes of Alaska include snow capped mountains and glaciers.
Dall Porpoise are delightful creatures and consistent crowd pleasers. They are very exciting to watch as they enjoy swimming and playing in the break of the boats wake, putting on quite a show to be enjoyed from the boats upper deck.
In Alaska’s summer months, Humpback Whales and their newborn migrate from Hawaii to the nutrient rich waters of Frederick Sound to feed on the abundant Krill and Herring. You’ll be able to witness up close as they use their unique cooperative ‘bubble net’ technique to herd their prey. It is an amazing sight to see not just one, but a whole group of whales bursting out of the water in unison.
Orca’s are some of the most spectacular examples of Alaska Wildlife, these huge animals always impress.
Steller Sea Lions gather to pup & breed from Mid May to Mid July so we’ll always see plenty of pups. Sea Lions are very vocal and are the comedians of Alaskan Wildlife community, often performing to the crowd.
Otters are some of the most lovable Alaskan wildlife you will encounter. Watch them float around on their backs while they feed or look after their young.
The Alaskan summer is the perfect time for bear viewing as this is when the bears come down to the shore to gorge themselves on the thousands of salmon making their way up to their birthplace.
Admiralty Island in SE Alaska has the highest concentration of Brown Bears per capita in the world, because of the spectacular runs of Wild Salmon. Black Bears are also common along the shore. Bears can pop up anytime during a cruise.
Fish and Marine Life
South East Alaska has an abundance of fish and marine life. From Halibut and many kinds of Salmon , bright orange Rock Fish. There are also crustaceans galore, including crabs and shrimps. Closer to the shore in tidal pools we can see much, much more, including Mussels, Clams, Flounder, Sea Stars and Starfish.
If you are interested in viewing wildlife within Alaska’s Inside Passage, a small ship Alaska cruise is the best way to do so.