Great Land of Alaska

Aquatic Life


Two salmon in stream

Although small, the spots on the back and bright red color identify the center fish as a King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytcha).

Pink salmon

A male Pink guards his territory. The side view clearly shows why this specie is also called Humpback or Humpie.

Pair of Reds

You can easily see how the Red Salmon (O. nerka) gets its name. Like most salmon, they are normally a silverish color, but their color changes dramatically when they near the spawning grounds.

Salmon school

A school of young salmon in an aquarium at the Alaska Sealife Center.


A few Silver Salmon (O. kisutch) in a small creek. Their reddish color and white spots show these fish are spawned out and no longer considered edible; at least not to people, but bears and eagles seem to enjoy them when they reach this stage.

Dead King Salmon

This is the ultimate fate of salmon lucky enough to escape fishermen's lures. All Pacific Salmon (except Rainbow Trout) die after spawning. The size of this salmon--about 5 feet (1.5 meters)--indicates that it was a King Salmon.

Sea Amemone

Sea anemone

One of the many species of sea anemone (specie unknown to me) found in Alaskan waters.


Fish close-up Rockfish

A couple of fish (species unknown to me, but I'm pretty sure one is a type of rockfish) found in Alaskan waters.

Arctic Char

Arctic Char

The Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) is a close relative to salmon and trout and is an important fish in Alaska for both subsistence and sport fishing.

Arctic Grayling

Arctic Grayling

The Arctic Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) is the most attractive of Alaska's fresh water fish. These are in an aquarium at the Sea Life Center, their colors are much more vibrant when seen in real sun light. The brown fish with light spots at the bottom is an Arctic Char.

Pacific Halibut

Pacific Halibut

A small Pacific Halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis). An odd-looking bottom dwellar, it lays on its left side and has both eyes on its right.


Sculpin Another sculpin Bottom-dwelling sculpin Bottom-dwelling sculpin

A few of the many types of saltwater sculpins found in Alaskan waters. Related to scorpionfish, sculpins have spines that are mildly venomous. However, the venom would affect a person no more than a mosquito bite, with localized swelling and mild itching. A person stung by a sculpin would be more at risk for infection than invenomation.

King Crab

Crab and fish Several crabs

King crab, an Alaskan seafood delicacy.



A large Alaskan shrimp.


Beaver swimming

A beaver swims across Kashwitna Lake at dusk and leaves a small wake behind.

Harbor Seal

Seal diving

A harbor seal frolicking about its tank at the Alaska Sea Life Center.

Sea Lion

Sea lion eating fish Sea Lions on rocks Sea lion in tank

These Sea Lions are from around the Seward area. The first one was catching fish in Seward's small boat harbor and bringing them to the surface to eat them. The second picture shows a group of them sunning themselves a few miles away on the other side of the bay. The third picture shows the sea lion at the Alaska Sea Life Center.

Sea Otters

Sea otters in bay

The two objects in the water area a couple sea otters that were swimming near the shores of Resurrection Bay.

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