Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park is always a magical place. But today onboard the National Geographic Sea Lion it was especially true. From the 4:00 a.m. photo-walk led by our photo instructor, Sharon Grainger, to the 10:00 p.m. evening natural history stroll, the weather was perfect. Clear skies, warm breezes and flat seas accompanied us all day. And the animals were incredible too. After breakfast, we made our way to the bow of our ship in time to drift past South Marble Island. South Marble, well away from the nearest mainland shore and its terrestrial predators, provides nesting habitat for thousands of birds, including the clownish stars of the avian world: tufted puffins. We were all afforded great views of these comical birds in flight and on the water as they busily foraged for fish and tended to their nests. Sea lions, too, hauled out on the island. Hundreds could be seen basking in the sun, some tens of meters above the high water line, while others frolicked in the surf nearby. The occasional sea otter could be seen as well, showing little interest in us as they back-paddled about in the deeper water further from the island.
As we cruised deeper into the park, we spotted brown bears foraging on the beaches, no doubt in search of invertebrate morsels exposed by the ebbing tide. Read More>
May 20, 2015
National Geographic Sea Lion