Fox Creek and Inian Pass

Aug 27, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird


A bit of high wind and sea conditions prompted our expedition leader John Mitchell to revert to “Plan B” this morning and offer kayaking and hiking in the protected waters near Shaw Island and Fox Creek on the northern end of Chichagof Island. Pink salmon are currently spawning in Fox Creek and we all took the opportunity to see the fish firsthand.

Afternoon found us in our expedition landing craft on the flood tide in Inian Pass, one of my personal favorite places to be. Steller sea lions were gobbling down chum and pink salmon as fast as they could catch them on the changing tide. Sea otters were feasting on urchins and baskets stars. Humpback whales were busy feeding on herring and other small prey items. Bald eagles and gulls of many species were all there to clean up. Life is fast and furious here during the tide change, and our photos are the proof of the abundance to be found in these nutrient rich waters.

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Michael Nolan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Michael Nolan was born in Bitburg, Germany to an Air Force family stationed there. His first experience of the ocean came at age 12, when he learned to snorkel in the Italian Mediterranean. At age 17 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a PADI SCUBA instructor, before starting a SCUBA diving business that specialized in diving trips to the Sea of Cortez.

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