Peril Strait & Lake Eva

Aug 18, 2017 - National Geographic Quest


The day began in Peril Strait, the very waterway that separates the islands of Chichagof and Baranof, both of which are famous for their density of coastal brown bears. Setting our guests out into Zodiacs to explore the temperate forest, our plans were delightfully interrupted by a group of bubble net feeding humpback whales that edged closer to the ship with every collective lunge. Eventually, when the feeding melee subsided, our guests went ashore to encounter multiple brown bears walking the forest edge in search of salmon. The evening culminated in a celebration of all that had been seen on the trip, including the day’s dive presentation by the undersea team presenting the giant Pacific octopus that they encountered that day. 

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Paul North

Undersea Specialist

For over a decade Paul North has been exploring the marine ecosystems of our planet. Whereas most think of diving as a warm water activity, he has chosen the road less traveled–specializing in polar diving. This has provided many rare opportunities to dive and explore from the Arctic to Antarctica and many wondrous places in between.

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Bradford McArthur

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Bradford McArthur has been shooting film and photos since the 1990's (pre-digital dinosaur!) Committed to filming isolated regions and untold stories through a message of conservation, McArthur founded Forever Exploring Productions in 2009. As a former professional rock/alpine climber and whitewater kayaker he has shot adventure films all over the globe for brands such as Arc'teryx, The North Face, Olympus and many others.

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