Started early today to catch the tour. Woke up at 5 and still didn’t make the sunrise.
We saw a 2 moose, 4 Grizzley bears, countless caribou, and 5 sheep. Saw several using binoculars so I couldn’t get them on pics, but the grizzlies were posing for us.
Things I learned today :
- Grizzlies usually maintain 300 square miles for their own food and eat 320,ooo berries a day. Denali bears are vegetarian for the most part because there are very few fish in glacial streams.
- Denali moose are twice the size of a continental moose. 1700+ pounds and typically lose 400 pounds over winter.
- Dall sheep were studied in the making of football helmets because they have a soft membrane between their brain and their skull. Their impact can reach a total combined impact of 140 mph. The studies led to the invention of gel padding in helmets used today.
- Adolf Murie studied wolves in the park for 40 years and basically saved the wolves from extinction.
- Dog sleds are still used in the park to maintain a park presence during the winter months. You can adopt these sled dogs.
- The second largest (9.2 richter scale) earthquake in the world was in Alaska in 1964. The landmass grew up to 82 feet.
- Don’t get buried in Alaska because the permafrost will push you back out of the ground. Get cremated. Duh.