-- Last Updated: Feb-20-13 12:25 PM EST --
FOOTNOTE: The abundance of marine/shoreline wildlife in Alaska results in sharing many areas with those animals as you pass. The incidents cited in this story occurred in areas where humans and wildlife shared the water on a regular basis. Also it is important to know that some animals are equally curious and will approach a paddler. It is important to always respect wildlife and use good sense when being an active guest while sharing those waters. Tom
(Except for the kittiwakes..all these observations were being conducted with binoculars and/or telephoto lenses. Paddling in an environment with large populations of animals is very different from paddling in less wild/primitive areas where encounters are much more by chance and much less frequent...but no matter, always remember - you are the guest).