On Saturday, April 25th, Alaska Pacific University Marine Biology Professor, Dr. Leslie Cornick, took students in her Marine Mammals class on a whale watch in Seward with Kenai Fjords Tours. The annual gray whale migration was underway and so they were not disappointed.
With a beautiful day for viewing – overcast, no glare, slight drizzle and calm waters – students had the opportunity to see up close a variety of species common to Alaskan waters. Along with the migrating gray whales that come to Alaska to feed in our productive summer waters, students saw sea otters, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, a wide variety of seabirds and even mountain goats (though Dr. Cornick promised they would not be on the final exam).
This is just one more example of the amazing opportunities afforded students in the Marine Biology program at APU.