Alaska offers many wild and interesting encounters and my recent trip into the 49th State delivered a host of strange and incredible experiences. One which springs to mind occurred on a full day wild life cruise in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Departing the lovely town of Seward on the 3rd July we headed off in search of wildlife.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Bathed in hot weather which the Kenai Peninsula isn’t well known for yet delivered with such humble graciousness, we encountered something from which the Twilight Zone spawned; teaching me a new word in the process.
We approached with intrepid curiosity through the freezing glacial waters until we reached what can only be described as a toxic waste dumping ground in a whale’s favourite stretch of water. Approaching the toxic spill, it appeared to become larger, gaining in width the closer we inched. This vibrant colour glowed under the midday sunlight, standing out as an obvious foreign body in an area of natural beauty.
Even at the edge of this electric blue hue, it was unclear what it was however, as we sailed slowly and carefully through it revealed itself to be thousands of jellyfish, bound together in a ‘smack’, my new word for the day and a rare sight I felt lucky enough to have witnessed.
The photos below don’t do it justice, or highlight the powerful colour which radiated but does help paint a picture of what I saw that day.
What an infinitely wonderful world we live in – long may we continue to explore it!