Plankton at Five Finger Islands

I’ve always been told that the reason for the turbidity in Alaskan waters was the abundance of small organisms, including the euphausiids, such as krill, that feed upon them. However, it wasn’t until the summer of 2015 when I started putting my camera into the shallow waters around Five Finger Lighthouse that I began to see what that meant. I hope you enjoy this look at what it is that brings the humpback whales to Alaska each summer.

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