So there I was cruising down the Copper with some friends a couple of weeks ago to do a little dipping. The guy standing next to me was a first timer so naturally he was asking a few questions. As we were cruising near O'Brien Creek he turns to me and says, "is that an otter or a seal?" Without even looking I said, "it's a river otter, there aren't any seals here." You can imagine my surprise though when I turned and actually looked and there clear as day was a big, gray, harbor seal swimming upstream. I had to do a double-take and there was absolutely no question it was a seal. So does this sound pretty out of the ordinary or what? I've been to Chitina a lot of times and I've seen plenty of otters, but never any seals. I know it's not uncommon for them to swim a few miles up major rivers, but this one was on a mission. That's some serious swimming to go all the way up the current of that canyon.
...and no I wasn't smoking anything at the time. I was sober as a priest.