Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Juneau
Noordam Alaska Cruise – Juneau
With 12 hours to spend in Juneau, we started off with our own self guided tour. The State Museum was an unexpected gem. The collection included wood carvings, artifacts and a famous Chilkat Blanket. Historic Russian items, early logging industry machinery and even a Japanese World War II canon were on display too.
Chilkat Blanket, Alaska State Museum
Next we hiked up hill to the tiny Russian Orthodox Church. The church wasn’t open, but we were able to peek in the windows. The highlight would have been to see the Lord’s Prayer translated into the Tlingit language.
Juneau Whale Watching, Humpbacks Bubble Net Feeding
Humpback Whale Watching – Juneau
In the afternoon, I decided to repeat a previous excursion with Juneau Tours by going whale watching in Auke Bay again. On my previous visit in 2018 a large pod of killer whales was the unexpected attraction. This time I was hoping to see more humpback whales instead and I wasn’t disappointed.
Humpback Bubble Net Feeding
We found a group of eight humpbacks who were bubble net feeding, which was a unique experience since most humpback whales in Juneau do not bubble net feed. Two whales dive deep and create rings of bubbles underneath a school of herring. The entire group of whales then chase the bubble encircled herring to the surface. When they reach the surface, the whales open their mouths and consume the herring school. What a lucky sight to see.