Living with a roommate who works for a whale watching company is great! She was able to get us on a whale watching excursion on a great sunny day in Juneau! My last whale watch (on the same boat actually) was a rainy day the previous August. Although we've noticed that on the sunny days, we see less whales. Is there just random correlation or causation occurring? We can't say for sure, but there could be a correlation with the fish swimming deeper to stay in the darker water on sunny days, thus the whales swim deeper also and avoid detection as easily.
We saw a juvenile humpback playing on the surface while it's mother was diving for food. We saw about 5 large whales swimming around our boat. We also saw some stellar sea lions trying to get in on the fish action also.
On our way back to the dock, the captain swerved the boat off course away from the direction we needed to go! To my amazement, we quickly figured out why... ORCAS! We saw three female traveling together first, then a bit further out we saw a giant male fin pop out of the water! We were able to stay with them for about 20 minutes before we needed to end our tour. We saw at least ten orcas traveling along the Chilkat mountain range. It sure was a great day, minus the sun burn from the event.
Later, I tried crab for the first time! And in the best form too--freshly caught in Alaska. A friend had just returned from her hometown with too much dungeness crab to eat alone, so a crab dinner party was in store! I was taught by Alaskans to eat crab the right way, although I think I have some leg-cracking skills to aquire still...