Moose Overboard in Alaska Waters

ON THE CORAL PRINCESS — Her name is Boujke Bijlsma and one morning at 6 a.m. she was sitting in her office on the Coral Princess. She looked out the window onto the waters of Alaska and there, swimming furiously, was a moose.

She watched for a few seconds, then turned back to her deskwork. That’s when it hit her. The moose was swimming with no land on the horizon. The moose was drowning.

Boujke reached for the phone.

“I called someone on board and told them I could see a moose drowning, so we could do something and save him!” she recalls.

The person on the other end of the phone calmed her down by saying the moose wasn’t drowning, and that a moose could swim as far as 60 miles, and that moose regularly swim from island to island.

“I had no idea,” she says.

Why would she?

Boujke Bijlsma is from the home of that great cheese, gouda, in The Netherlands. On this Princess ship, she is in charge of the food and beverage department…and not in charge of saving a moose.

For another look at our visit to Alaska, check out Phil Reimer’s Ports and Bows blog by clicking here.

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