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Rock Crab 2

These crabs would throw themselves into rushing water, then climb out as the water receded and start over.
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Green Sea Slug

This Nudibranch was casually munching away in a tidal pool on Palenque. You can see it's eye if you look closely. It even had "floppy ears" that would stick up when it was submerged but they looked more like they were for breathing
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Orca Pod

A family of Orcas below the mountains of Kenai Fjords
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Icebergs and Whales

A couple of whales dive in front of the Bear Glacier in Resurrection Bay. Barren slopes above the glacier tell of more recent ice thicknesses.
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Rock Crab

These larger crabs lived among the large rocks. They were extremely shy.
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Orca

A close up of an Orca checking us out in Resurrection Bay, Alaska.

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Mating Attire

Wild Alaskan Salmon in full red regalia wait for their chance to spawn.
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Collision Course

At this point i thought he was going to bump into me. I think he saw his reflection.
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Resting Rivals

Spawned out Salmon rest as their bodies literally fall apart in a cold Alaskan stream.
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Seat Turtle 2

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Sea Turtle

This sea turtle swam right up to me. Later i wondered if it had seen it's reflection in my lense and was looking for a fight. There were other turtles in the area and they seemed to frequently get into skirmishes.
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Spawn Until You Die

I was lucky to actually capture the moment a wild salmon spawned. It is the cloud behind the foreground fish.
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Black Humps

A pair of humpback whales in Resurrection Bay, Alaska
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Sockey Salmon

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Whale Tail

A whale dives near what must be a tall column of rock that descends deep into Resurrection Bay, Alaska
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Pair of Sockeyes

A vibrant pair of Sockeye Salmon in a cold Alaskan stream.
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Bridge of Fish

Old-Timers used to say that in the old days the fish ran so thick you could walk across the creek and never get your feet wet. This is what they were talking about.
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Clear Stream Bottom

I think these are younger trout? They were in various places along the stream sharing space along logs with the salmon. They were very skittish so i never got to seem them up close.
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Sea Lions

Sea Lions in Resurrection Bay vye for the best seat.
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Staring at Death

A slow moving, seemingly dazed, spawned out salmon makes one last pose for the camera.
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Breathing Air

A wild salmon appears to take a gulp of air as it briefly pokes it's head out of a rushing stream
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Sub Surface Monsters

Battle weary but still irritable, metamorphosed wild salmon near the end of their journey.
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Ready for Jumping

Salmon returning from the ocean.
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Pink Leaper

A wild pink salmon leaps up a waterfall

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Almost ready… Almost ready…

A group of salmon wait until they feel just right to jump up a waterfall
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