Glacier Bay Popular for Humpback Whales
"We are trying to offer humpback whales in Glacier Bay National Park more protection than in other waters of Alaska...The whole idea is Glacier Bay National Park is a special place and we hope a sanctuary for humpback whales."
- David Nemeth, the park's acting superintendent
Anchorage, AK - To the delight of tourists, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve continues to be a popular draw for humpback whales.
Researchers with the National Park Service's humpback whale monitoring program _ put in place in 1985 in an effort to help prevent sometimes fatal encounters between whales and boats _ found the combined number of whales last summer in Glacier Bay and nearby Icy Strait set a record for the third year in a row.