Milne Inlet, Baffin Island

Aug 09, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

We spent this morning exploring Milne Inlet, hoping to find the elusive wildlife that is known to inhabit this particular region.

Today the team found a great location for a nice morning hike up to one of the lakes onshore. Captain Leif safely parked the ship so close to the shore we could almost walk straight off the boat on to dry land! Once we had all disembarked we separated into different groups for our hikes and enjoyed picturesque views of the lake as well as the inlet. 

While we were out on our hikes, the dive team set out to explore the abundant life below the surface, along a wall just east of where the ship was parked. 

Our lunch back on board was interrupted by sightings of the almost-mythical narwhal. We all hurried out on deck to try and catch a look and we were incredibly lucky to see a large number of them swimming in the ocean. There were so many it was difficult to decide which pod to watch!

And so we watched in awe as these incredible creatures swam and played along the shoreline while occasionally revealing a tusk or a fluke for us to see. Eventually we had to leave them to being our journey to our next destination. 

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Robert Alexander

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Robert Alexander has quenched his thirst for exploring the world’s flora and fauna by captaining, interpreting natural history, and conducting research aboard ships.  He particularly developed a passion for the marine life below the water’s surface while attending the University of Oregon and becoming involved with their diving program.  The rich waters of the Pacific Northwest led Robert to change career paths, and locales, as a SCUBA Instructor based primarily out of Maui.  Utilizing any means of floating vessel, from kayaks and catamarans to small passenger boats and Zodiacs, Robert became a captain as he explored the behavioral patterns of the captivating marine megafauna throughout the world.  In between being a captain and naturalist, he strives to conserve and preserve all forms of life- be it our very own species as a firefighter and EMT, assisting in shark-tagging projects for NOAA, or researching hawksbill turtle populations with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

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Tom Ritchie


Tom is a zoologist and naturalist who has worked in the field of expedition cruising almost since its inception by Lars Lindblad.  Growing up near the Everglades allowed him to spend his youth exploring the swamps, marshes, forests, and reef systems of South Florida, a perfect training ground for his life with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.

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