Inian Islands/Fox Creek

Sep 04, 2017 - National Geographic Quest

Dawn aboard National Geographic Quest broke with a steady rain, but no wind. For many operations this would present some challenges, but the Inian Islands are so rich in wildlife and world-class scenery, that I knew the only thing that wouldn’t be dampened by this rain would be our spirits. We ventured forth to unwrap the mists and fog that were shrouding this beautiful Alaskan jewel.  This is a magical spot that has been created at the confluence of glacially-derived mineral inputs, cold, deep, nutrient-rich waters from the open Pacific, and abundant oxygen that has been introduced through the powerful tides of the eastern Pacific.

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About the Author

Jeff Campbell


Jeff Campbell fell in love with the ocean while attending boatbuilding school in Eastport, Maine. Since completing his MS in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University, he has worked for NOAA documenting the ecological impacts of transoceanic fiber-optic cable; the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife developing an aging method for sixgill sharks; the Lummi Tribe as a Harvest Biologist; Northwest Indian College teaching Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and as a volunteer for the Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He has been involved in research developing mitigation methods for harmful algae blooms, sterilization methods for oil tanker ballast water, and techniques for screening refinery effluent for harmful ecological effects. He also served as Principle Director on a USDA-funded grant using student interns to study the impact of nutrient-rich run-off on seasonal dead-zones in Bellingham Bay.

About the Photographer

Ken Garrett

National Geographic Photographer

In a career spanning 40 years, Ken Garrett has photographed more than 60 feature stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian, Air and Space, Archaeology, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Life, Audubon, Geo Germany, National Wildlife and Natural History magazines, among others. With an academic background in anthropology, Ken has documented ancient cultures, archaeological sites, and dramatic landscapes worldwide.

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