Inian Islands & Port Althorp

Sep 02, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird


The morning began amidst the dotted landscape of the Inian Islands. Being the northernmost point where the open Pacific enters the waters of the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, the resulting bioactivity was greeted with much anticipation by our guests. Taking off in our expedition landing craft, we braved the tumultuous water of the flooding tide to witness a myriad of sea lions feeding in the surf, sea otters waiting for the waters to calm in the bull kelp, and the occasional humpback whale spouting in the distance—all proof of just what an epic nature encounter such a place provides. The afternoon was spent in Port Althorp, a nearby inlet with pink salmon jumping around our guests as they paddled the calm waters in kayaks, streaming past the jellies and sea otters that inhabited the area. 

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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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