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Casey Anderson in Southeast Alaska

Casey Anderson, a bear expert and host of Nat Geo Wild’s program America The Wild, joined us in Alaska last month. Here he shares some insight into how the bears along the shore are interacting with us even as we sit and watch them from afar.

“One of Those Days” in Alaska

“This is insane.” Last month in Alaska our video chronicler was on when everything just seemed to go right one afternoon. In the course of a morning our guests saw humpback whales, a brown bear with her cubs, orcas, eagles, and lunge-feeding whales. Join us in Alaska and get a full week you’ll never forget.

Gigantic School of Mobular Rays in Baja

The National Geographic show Untamed Americas featured what is likely the largest school of mobular rays ever filmed. The massive school was spotted off the coast of Baja California in the Sea of Cortez last season. Our guests aboard National Geographic Sea Bird last season were witnesses to a major uptick in the number of mobular rays observed, though experts are divided on just why so many rays massed in the Sea of Cortez—and whether they’ll be back next season.

Encounter with an Octopus…in Alaska

Think you know Alaska wildlife? Bears, whales, bald eagles…try this one. Undersea specialist Justin Hofman filmed an encounter with this bright red octopus while exploring Southeast Alaska. An undersea specialist travels on every Alaska expedition, diving beneath the ship’s bow with powerful lights to film these strange and beautiful creatures and share the underwater world with our guests.

Sven Lindblad on Baja California

Sven Lindblad led a Baja California expedition aboard National Geographic Sea Bird in mid-April. The whales, dolphins, frenzy of activity in this video all took place in the matter of a few hours one afternoon, though it is by no means out of the ordinary for the region. Baja California’s Sea of Cortez is among the richest seas in the world and the very best place to see the greatest variety and number of whales and marine mammals under the best conditions.

Anthropologist Wade Davis from West Africa

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis joined our guests in voyaging up the Lobe River in the town of Kribi in the African nation of Cameroon. Our ship National Geographic Explorer is making her way up the African coast on an epic, 37-day expedition. Wade Davis has joined us for part of the journey, and here he offers some insights into the nature of our shared origins.

Welcome to Devil’s Island

Spend and afternoon on Devil’s Island in the Weddell Sea. A guest aboard National Geographic Explorer shares her impressions of the place while hiking among rookeries of penguins. You can see it for yourself on an Antarctica expedition.

Galápagos Video Wins Top Spot

Congratulations to the video chroniclers on our ships, our excellent field staff, and our fantastic in-house video studio for taking home the top video honor from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. Our team was recognized with the prestigious HSMAI Platinum award last week.

The video chroniclers aboard our ships shoot, edit, score, and distribute unique videos aboard every ship in the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet on every expedition. In addition to this Herculean task, they also shoot footage for these special projects. This award is a product of their dedicated, excellent work and collaboration with our naturalists and video studio. Well done.

A Poetic Portrait of Norway’s Fjords

TSO Photography offers us this time lapse video of the fjords of Norway. He shot this video in August 2011, just as National Geographic Explorer was sailing along this same coast. If you like this video, be sure to also check out The Arctic Light. And if you’d like to see Norway’s fabled fjords for yourself, join us this summer.

Swimming with Sea Turtles in Galápagos

Jump in for a quick swim with sea turtles off Punta Vicente Roca in the Galápagos Islands. These turtles are often active in the area feeding on algae, resting on the sea bottom, or getting cleaned by reef fish—offering excellent up-close encounters. Read the rest of the day’s expedition report.