Spotting wildlife from cruise ships

searching for wildlife
binoculars will help you see wildlife

The best way to find wildlife is to learn about their habits. Ask a Park Ranger what habitats support wildlife in Glacier Bay.

On land, scan over suitable habitat with your binoculars, watching for movement or obvious silhouettes. On the water, use just your eyes first. Watch for any movement or unusual shapes on the surface, then use the binoculars to take a closer look.

Patience and determination are often rewarded and binoculars help magnify the experience.

Humpback whale
Humpback whale

Helpful Links:

Wildlife Viewing
Furred, feathered, and finned

Animals of Glacier Bay
In-depth info on park wildlife

Bird Checklist
Where and when to find all 242 species

Mammal Checklist
An exciting diversity

Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series
AK Dept. of Fish & Game

Southeast Alaska Wildlife Viewing Calendar
When & Where to see What?

Last updated: March 12, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826


(907) 697-2230

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