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As illustrated in the maps on this website, the state of Alaska is one of the world's most scenically and geologically diverse regions. Alaska is A piece of America that offers pure wilderness, adventure ranging from wild to mild, fascinating history and a multi-cultural heritage reflected in art, lifestyles and communities throughout the state. Alaska is the biggest state in the United States and this map will help you navigate through the vast amount of territory there is to explore in Alaska.
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Alaskan Wildlife

Alaska is known for its amazing wildlife. Mammals, birds, fish and marine life fill the vast coastline and wilderness that is Alaska. These magnificent animals have even been known to venture into town from time to time. Many visitors come to Alaska to have an opportunity to witness wildlife in its natural habitat. Others enjoy the opportunity to hunt and fish in this expansive area. Some of the more notable wildlife found in Alaska include:

Bald Eagle
This symbol of American strength and freedom had been an endangered species for several years throughout the lower 48 states. However, the Bald Eagle never hit the list in Alaska.

The American Bald Eagle is one of the larger birds with a wingspan that can reach 8 feet. They are hunters that prey on fish and small mammals. They use their strong talons to capture their prey from the air. These massive and power full birds can be found everywhere in Alaska. Bald Eagles make their homes along the coast and in the mountainous regions near lakes and streams. The Bald Eagle will usually have only one mate throughout its lifetime. The couple will build a single nest and return to it year after year, each time adding a bit more moss or a few more twigs. Eagle nests have been known to be as large as five-feet across and weigh as much as 4,000 pounds. Bald Eagles will have one chick at a time. When there are two chicks hatched in a single season, only the stronger of the two will usually survive.

Caribou
These medium sized deer are numerous in the Alaskan mountains. Only the Woodland Caribou have ever hit an endangered list, and then only ranked in the threatened category. Many groups of Caribou call the various National Parks found in Alaska home. They usually live above the tree line and migrate with the seasons in order to find food. Caribou feed on grasses, mushrooms, birches, willows and other vegetation. The male Caribou will grow to 3 to 5 feet tall weighing as much as 600 pounds, females are usually smaller. Both male and female Caribou produce alters each year. Males shed their antlers soon after mating season, while the females keep theirs until after giving birth.

Moose
The Moose is the largest of the deer family and have been known to weigh more that 1,200 pounds. Moose are usually timid animals and enjoy watching people from a distance. However, don’t let this docile personality fool you. Moose are capably of killing a person and several cows have done so when they feel their calf is being threatened.

Moose are also fantastic swimmers and enjoy taking a dip during the warm summer months. They will often stay in the water for up to two hours. They eat green vegetation during the warm part of the year and survive on bark and twigs throughout the winter.

Other than their size, the large flat antlers are what set the Moose apart from the other deer. Only the male produce these powerful antlers they use them for busting through the brush, digging up food and of course battles over female Moose during mating season. Moose generally weigh 24 to 36 pounds at birth and live for more than 20 years.

Blue Whale
The Blue Whale is believed to be the largest animal to ever live on the earth. These immense whales grow to be more than 70 feet long and weigh as much a 150 tons. However, their future is extremely uncertain at this time. They have been listed on the endangered species list for many years. The Blue Whale population is estimated to be as small as 1,300.

Killer Whale (Orca)
This whale is not really a whale at all! The Orca or Killer Whale is really the largest member of the dolphin family. Orcas are relatively small when compared to any member of the whale family. These killers of the sea only grow to about 22 feet long and weigh in at a minuscule 7 to 10 tons.

Like other member of the dolphin family Killer Whales are very social creatures that travel and hunt in pods of up to 100 members. The pods are lead by the females; and there is a pronounced social ladder within the pod. Each Orca pod has distinctive language made by bouncing sounds off of each other. Researchers studying Killer Whale pods have even discovered that each member of a pod has its own sound or name.

When hunting every member of the pod helps out. They have been know to build nets of bubbles to capture fish or slid up on shore to grab a seal or sea lion.

Sea Otter
Found living in the coastal waters off Alaska is the ever famous marine mammal known as the sea otter. This super cute member of the weasel family can weigh as much as 100 pounds. They can usually be found hammering away at sea urchins, abalone, mussels, clams and crabs in an effort to get a tasty meal.

Unlike other marine mammals the Sea Otter does not have a layer of fat or blubber to keep warm they depend on their thick water proof fur.

Humpback Whale
Like many other groups of whales the Humpback is currently listed as an endangered species. It is estimated that only 5,000 Humpbacks still roam the ocean today. The Humpback grows to be 35 to 45 feet long and weighs around 65 tons. They are a long lived mammal with a life expectancy of 95 years.

The Humpback Whale is most famous for their aerial displays called breaching. These giants of the ocean leap out of the water, twist and splash back down. Researchers studying the Humpback are not sure why they participate in breaching, but assume it has something to do with mating or that it may be just be a form of play.

This type of whale has a beautiful singing voice. They are known worldwide for their intense song, however, it only the male who sings.



 
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