We flew into Anchorage and were driven 2 hours south to Seward where we boarded the ship. We'd barely gotten settled aboard when I noticed a speck floating in the harbor ... a sea otter. Hazel and I promptly got off the ship to get closer. Initially it was floating in the middle of the harbor, but a seal scared it closer and eventually it was basically right next to the dock.
It paid us no mind and proceeded to groom its rear flipper feet.
We celebrated with a selfie with a sea otter. It's the speck in the water above Hazel's right ear. An SLR makes a big difference.
A few last pics from the harbor. Hazel saw the magpie and asked,"What is THAT???"
My first lifer was flying about as well, a Northwestern Crow.
Nothing says Alaska like eagles and Glaucous-winged Gulls.
The next morning we'd wake up in the open ocean ... stay tuned.