Pavlof Harbor and Chatham Strait

Aug 24, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird


The last day of our expedition was full excitement. One of the highlights of the journey was seeing coastal brown bears in their natural habitat. We visited Pavlof Harbor, located in Chichagof Island. Here, a waterfall that leads to a salmon stream is an ideal habitat for bears to feed at this time of the year. After a morning of bear watching, we headed out to Chatham Strait where we saw a number of humpback whales. Among the different sightings we were lucky enough to the unique bubble netting behavior of humpbacks whales!

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Alberto Montaudon

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Alberto fell in love with nature as a young child. Born and raised in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, he spent most of his childhood exploring the Chairlel Lagoon and the Tamesi River. Each morning he would patiently wait in his rowboat for sunrise to witness the great groups of migrating birds that would land on the water. His father taught him from a very early age to understand, love, and respect nature. As a result of his upbringing, Alberto became biologist and decided to follow his passion and became a naturalist. At age 21, Alberto began working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in Baja California. Since then he has been sharing interests that range from bird biology to undersea exploration to wildlife photography with thousands of guests.

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Ashley Karitis

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Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller. 

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