Tracy Arm Fjord, Southeast Alaska

Aug 09, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Today the National Geographic Sea Bird crossed the shallow bar into Tracy Arm Fjord just before sunrise. Tracy Arm is one of the most beautiful fjords in the world, and today was especially magical with blue skies, blue ice, and major calving events. The surprise of the morning was a pre-breakfast encounter with a small pod of killer whales in stealth mode, following the shadows along the shoreline.

The rest of the morning was spent exploring the ice from water level in front of South Sawyer Glacier in our fleet of expedition landing craft before basking in the sun as we navigated back to the entrance in the late afternoon.

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Ralph Lee Hopkins

National Geographic Photographer

Santa Fe-based photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance. For more than 20 years he has lead expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between.

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