Butedale & the Inside Passage of British Columbia

Sep 15, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird


The morning began early with a call to wake, for just as the sun was cresting the surrounding mountains, the humpback whales were already busy gathering their pre-dawn meal. Even before the sun gave our cameras enough light to play, we watched them fly their tails toward the sky and exhale with a cacophony of sound. The light played red in the sky, and we stayed with them until we moved south through the weaving pathways that British Columbia provides. Arriving at Butedale, a former cannery and local stopover for post office and other needs, we witnessed a mighty waterfall pouring down from the out of sight lake. Tomorrow provides another enriching cultural experience, allowing today to be one of reflection.  

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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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