Larsen Bay

Larsen Bay village on Kodiak Island Alaska

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. Hiking camping mountains in October.
Hiking on the rugged snow covered mountain tops between Larsen Bay and Karluk Lake in October with winter approaching. This is just a light snow of only a few inches. The wind during this first snow was a different matter -- wind gusted up to 80 mph.

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. View from Alutiiq burial grounds.
This is a view that is looking across Uyak Bay from the Bone Yard at Larsen Bay. On the other side of Uyak Bay is Amook Island, beyond that is Zachar Bay. The Bone Yard is where the Alutiiq Natives remains were re-buried in a mass grave after returned from the Smithsonian Museum. Bone Yard received its name from Ales Hrdlicka's archeological dig in the 1930's that uncovered many Alutiiq skeletal remains.

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. Alaska bald eagle.
Bald Eagle perched on a pile at Kodiak Salmon Packer's cannery. The American Bald Eagle can be seen no matter where you travel on Kodiak Island or, Alaska.

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Photos by Bill Jager -- Alaska Bald Eagles.
Mature eagles have a wingspan of 6.5 to 8 feet and their length is about 31 to 37 inches long. Adult eagles are dark brown with a white head and tail, yellow eyes and beak. The immature eagles are dark with some white spots in the wings and tail. Immature eagles eyes and beak are dark. Eagles mature in 4 to 5 years and they start getting a white tail and head, the eyes and beak start turning yellow.

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. Salmon cannery.
Kodiak Salmon Packers salmon cannery at Larsen Bay. A light dusting of snow on the mountains in the background in October as winter once again approaches.

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. Sea gulls feasting on small fish.
Sea Gulls having a feast on small fish that came ashore to spawn and renew their life cycle. The green you see on the shoreline is a reflection from the lush green hills of Kodiak Island that is out of view of the camera.

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. Sea gull with small fish.
Sea gull's catch of the day.

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. Larsen Bay village.
Bay view of Larsen Bay village. Larsen Bay village is my home village where I was born. Both of my parents (Alutiiq natives) were born on Kodiak Island with a couple of my grandparents coming from Europe.

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Photo credit Trish Abston Cox. Sitka black tailed deer.

This is a image of a Sitka black at Chief Point Cove, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Chief Point Cove is approximately 8 miles from Larsen Bay. Chief Point Cove is accessible by float plane or by crossing Uyak Bay and Spiridon Bay from Larsen Bay, Alaska in a boat. This picture of the Sitka black tailed deer was taken by Trish Abston Cox, daughter of a friend of mine.

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. Chinook king salmon.
A commercial salmon fisher woman displaying a chinook salmon that was caught in a gill net. The chinook are called King salmon on Kodiak Island, Alaska. The chinook may attain a length of more than 4 feet and weigh over 100 lbs. Commercial salmon fishing is the main industry in Larsen Bay as well as other villages on Kodiak Island. Like all Pacific salmon, chinook are born in fresh water and spend part of their life at sea. Chinook salmon return to the river they were born in from about their second year to their seventh year and vary in size because of this, ranging from 4 pounds up to 100 pounds. Chinook return to the streams of their origin during the months of May to July. Female chinook salmon may lay up to 14,000 eggs. The juvenile chinook migrate to sea in their second year, but are reared in inshore waters of the Bay areas. The chinook is a highly prized sport fish.

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Photo credit Douglas Jager. Kodiak bear fishing in pink salmon spawning creek.
Kodiak bear fishing in a creek in Larsen Bay, Alaska. This pink salmon spawning creek is about one quarter of a mile from my childhood home. The Kodiak bear that feed on salmon may attain a length of more than 9 feet and over 1500 lbs. and is the largest living land carnivore. Pink salmon often called the "humpy" because of the large hump the male pink salmon get when they go up streams to spawn. Pink salmon is the smallest of 5 different species of salmon that inhabit Alaska waters. Average weight of the pink salmon is 3.5 to 4 pounds with a length of 20-25 inches. Pink salmon enter spawning streams from late June to mid-October. Pink salmon does not travel a great distance upstream to spawn as do other species of salmon. Female pink salmon carries from 1,500 to 2,000 eggs, digs a nest with her tail and lays her eggs. The eggs are immediately fertilized by the male. After spawning, both males and females die within a couple of weeks. Mid-winter the salmon eggs hatch and in late winter or early spring, young fry pink salmon migrate out to sea during the hours of darkness. Pink salmon mature in two years and return to the stream that they were born in, repeating their life cycle.


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Larsen Bay village on Kodiak Island, Alaska

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