Friday, 19 June 2015

Sea Life Centre, Seward, Alaska

Our first stop in Seward was the Alaska Sea Life Centre, where we learned that Seward was almost wiped out by a tsunami caused by the Good Friday earthquake back in 1964.   A wave estimated to be 40ft high smashed into the waterfront and destroyed railcars, fishing vessels and oil tanks, which created fires that caused even more damage.
It took years for the salmon to return, seafood processors and fishing vessels were destroyed, most of which were never rebuilt.   The waterfront today is home to parks, campgrounds and the Alaska Sea Life Centre.
Looking out at the calm waters of Resurrection Bay it seemed hard to imagine the seas raging as they did then.
There were some very interesting exhibits at the centre, including a area full of birds.   I liked this very pretty bird, I can’t remember what it is, but isn't it cute?
I know this is a puffin and think it may be a tufted puffin, but once again I didn’t write it down at the time.
There was also an observation area where we were able to watch seals swimming underwater.
As I took the photographs into the sunlight through glass it had polarizing effect.

If you’re ever in Seward the Alaska Sea Life Centre is definitely worth a visit.
Have fun, we are!

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