CRUISING TRACY ARM FJORD, ALASKA
Updated: Mar 15, 2020
Once we entered Tracy Arm Fjord.... whales whales whales everywhere! Traveling through Frederick Sound, which is known for being one of the best places in the world to see humpbacks, proved to be true.
The most exciting adventure was our experience with a huge Killer whale..an Orca! We were in the small dingy, going to check out icebergs when we saw a black six-foot fin coming up out of the water close by the boat. Slowly his enormous black body rose up and rolled gracefully in the water. We were shocked, scared, and amazed at the same time. We followed him closely taking pictures for a long time knowing this was a once in a lifetime experience.
We traveled up Tracey Arm about 22 miles to see the North and South Sawyer Glaciers. Icebergs were everywhere, smaller chunks, as well as some the size of a truck and larger, were floating in the water. The currents were strong, as well as the abundance of icebergs, making it extremely difficult to make it to the face of the glacier, but we did.
We would hear rumbling that sounded like thunder and suddenly a wall of ice was crashing to the sea, sending waves that rocked Catchin' Moments. They say these waves from the crash can get up to 25 feet high. It was dangerous and mesmerizing at the same time!
There were seals lying on the icebergs, so of course, my dad and I got in the dingy to get up close glamor shots of these cuties. They were more curious about the dingy than scared of us, which ended in great photos. We ended up getting trapped by icebergs and barely got out, so we returned to the boat. Tracy Arm was a highlight of our trip and we will never forget it.
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