quote: I assume the humpbacks are feeding too when they are in the channel. Or are they?
They are. Most of the time it will be in summer. There are hundreds of humpbacks and if you are on a cruise, it's guaranteed sightings. Orcas, plentiful but much more stealthy. They call them seawolves for a reason
re: Orcas in the channel (Posted on 3/23/13 at 7:38 pm to LSUwag)
quote: That is awesome. i can't wait for my Alaska cruise this summer.
You will see some awesome stuff. If you like whalewatching, and don't see many close up sightings form the ship, take one of the excursions from Juneau. They only last about three hours and guaranteed to see humpbacks.
re: Orcas in the channel (Posted on 3/23/13 at 8:44 pm to choupiquesushi)
There is a recently (past 20 years) discovered behavior called bubble net feeding. It's where the whales circle a large group of herring and make a net of bubbles, keeping the herring in one spot. They lunge to the surface with their mouths open, in a group. It's spectacular.