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Adventure Guide to the Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska, 3rd by Lynn Readicker-Henderson, Ed Readicker-Henderson

By Lynn Readicker-Henderson, Ed Readicker-Henderson

This guidebook bargains assurance of the heritage, tradition, geography and weather of Coastal Alaska and the interior Passage. The publication gains locations to devour, points of interest to determine, in addition to taking an in depth examine locations akin to Ketchikan, the Aleutians, Kodiak, Seldovia and Glacier Bay, Tenakee.

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The chinook, Alaska’s state fish, is what all the fuss is about: they grow up to 100 pounds, and 30-pound fish are common. They also fight. A few years ago, a man had a chinook on the line for over 24 hours. He lost it when his guide used the wrong sized net and snapped the line. The chinook is considered abundant all along the Alaskan coast. The run is usually from May through July. The chinook is rather astounding in its run, traveling more than 2,000 miles in only two months. Once returning to the site of its birth, the female lays up to 14,000 eggs.

Estimates of how many harbor seals there are in Alaska run in the 200300,000 range. Sea Lions & Sea Otters While harbor seals disappear when you spot them, sea lions and otters, on the other hand, are showmen. Sea lions jump, splash and play constantly, as do the otters. Steller sea lions can grow to 1,200 pounds or more, and there’s nothing quite like watching them at a haul out. Both seals and sea lions like to pull themselves out of the water and bask in the sun atop rocks. Another good place to watch for them is on channel markers and buoys.

They can send blood through these veins, close to the surface of the skin, and cool off. It’s estimated that 80% of the excess heat can be shed this way. 22 n Marine Life Salmon There are five types of salmon in Alaska: pink, chum, coho, Dolly Varden, and the prize of them all, the king, or chinook. All share the trait of returning to the waters in which they were born to spawn and die. During the summer months, this means rivers clogged with dying fish, and a lot of very happy bears. The chinook, Alaska’s state fish, is what all the fuss is about: they grow up to 100 pounds, and 30-pound fish are common.

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