For $7.2 million, Russia sold Alaska in 1867 to the United States -- about what it would cost to buy an oceanfront home in Malibu these days. Of course, the question in my mind is how did Russia come to own Alaska when Alaska was settled by native peoples who still live there today, but I imagine it was more along the lines of a promise to stop beating up on people, raping women and stripping the oceans of otters, leaving all of that stuff to Americans to carry on.
South Marble Island in Glacier Bay is home to many forms of wildlife, including these Steller sea lions. When I first heard the visiting park ranger aboard the Alaskan Dream talk about Steller sea lions, I thought he was saying they were stunning and remarkable, which of course, they are. That big one in the middle, he made enough noise for all of them.
Nothing is cuter than the dickens than a tufted puffin. See that blond hair brushed back just like the Fonz copied Elvis? Hey . . .
There are hundreds if not thousands of various types of sea gulls who call South Marble Island home.
The cormorants fly low to the water, probably searching for fish. They can maintain this height of six inches or so off the waves.