Wild Life

Wildlife Guide

Wildlife Guide

Like the landscape, the wildlife in Southeast Alaska is big. You may spot mountain goats patrolling shoreline cliffs, black bears catching their lunch, and, moose foraging in marshy tidelands. The mainland and islands of Southeast are ripe for sightings.

  • Mountain goats
  • Coastal brown bear
  • Black bears
  • Moose
  • Sitka black-tailed deer
  • River otter
  • Beaver
  • Snowshoe hares

Whales & Marine Life

Alaska is known for its rich marine life: salmon, halibut, crab—and magnificent whales. The most commonly spotted cetaceans are orca and humpacks that migrate to these waters annually, but surprisingly, there are species under the water's surface you might never suspect.

  • Whales: humpback, gray, fin, minke
  • Orca
  • Dall’s porpoise and dolphins
  • Harbor seals
  • Steller sea lions
  • Sea otters
  • Salmon: Chinook, Coho, Pink
  • Sea stars, sponges, and anemones


Whether you're a birder, or not, Alaska offers phenomenal for birding. Giant eagles perched in the towering firs and buoyant flocks bobbing among rocky shores. With binoculars in hand, your expedition guides will help identify the species you encounter.

  • Bald eagles
  • Black oystercatchers
  • Marbled murrelets and Cormorants
  • Common and Pacific loons
  • Harlequin ducks
  • Red-breasted merganser
  • Surf scoters and pigeon guillemots
  • Tufted and horned puffin