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

Paul North is the founder of the educational nonprofit Meet the Ocean and host of its online podcast. As a polar diver with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic, he tours the remote underwater landscapes of Antarctica and other sub-zero destinations to emphasize the importance, diversity, and unexpected color of the invertebrate kingdom.

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