Whale Song Adventures is a small company and all our crew members wear many hats. From driving, cooking, cleaning and guiding our crew members are here because we enjoy what we do and want to share the great and beautiful place. Although Rusty will not be able make many of the trips this season he is still very much a part of Whale Song Adventures and misses every minute he can't be on the water with all of you.
Captain John "Rusty" Owen has over 30 years of experience in Southeast Alaskan waters both as a commercial fisherman and charter boat operator.
Rusty holds a 100 Ton USCG License has extensive kayaking experience, knows the "best spots" in the Bay, and has a keen eye for spotting critters.
Naturalist, musician, storyteller, and historian, Rusty is a true Alaskan renaissance man.
Captain Chris Wyatt, co-owner of the Whale Song, has her USCG 100 Master license. She moved to Southeast Alaska from Hawaii over 20 years ago in search of adventure, and has loved every minute of it.
Chris is an accomplished cook and utilizes many of the natural ingredients that can be harvested in SE Alaska. She is the Whale Song's chief naturalist and kayak guide and enjoys showing guests some of the unexpected wonders of the area.
Photography, kayaking, and Southeast Alaska are some of Chris’ passions and she is always looking for opportunities to share with guests and she is intent on giving all her guests the experience of a lifetime.
Bear has been with us for 3 years. He lives on the boat year round with Chris. He is a miniature Labordoodle (part lab part poodle – but more poodle) – sharp as a tack and a true people dog.
Welcome our newest crew members
Captain Jonathan Yoors is from Rockport Massachusetts a small fishing village an hour north of Boston. He is licensed by the Coast Guard and has captained boats in the Caribbean, Florida, California and looking forward to cruising the waters of Alaska! Jonathan has worked on everything from small fishing boats to mega yachts. He is an experienced fisherman, having worked on commercial, sport fishing and charter boats. Jonathan loves scuba diving, hiking and anything outdoors.
Brittany Battistoni is an experienced chef from southern California; she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. She loves cooking, making wine, nature and being outdoors. Brittany has been cooking professionally for the last 7 years and is looking forward to being a part of the Whale Song crew..
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Whale Song, a 1958 70-foot Burger - has a steel hull (perfect for our Glacier Bay cruising), a large main salon with a dining area PLUS seating for some quiet time or a night of music.
The separate salon in the wheelhouse includes seating for eight; a comfortable way to take in the spectacular Southeast Alaska scenery.
She has 4 guest staterooms one with 2 single over under bunks, two staterooms with double beds, and one with a double bed that can be converted to 2 singles. Each stateroom has plenty of storage but we would still suggest soft duffel style lugges for easy transport.
There are two guest bathrooms across the hall both with showers and vacuflush heads. There are separate quarters forward with a head and shower for the crew.
The boat carries twin John Deere engines, cruises at a steady 10 knots (OK maybe 9.5) with a large foredeck for wildlife viewing, relaxing and lots of room for picture taking, the aft deck is perfectly suited for fishing. We have 3 (ok 4) double kayaks and a single guide kayak ready for gliding through our SE Alaska waters. We also have a sturdy 18' aliminum skiff - perfect for shore wxcursions.
Whale Song Adventures has over 30 years of Alaskan Coastal water experience. Boats and crew meets all USCG and State requirements. Whale Song Adventures is permitted to operate in and cruise Glacier Bay National Park.