Sucia, San Juan Islands

Sep 27, 2017 - National Geographic Quest

The San Juan Islands were covered in a blanket of fog this morning.  We had breakfast while anchored off of Fossil Bay, the red bark of the Madrona trees peeking out from between fog banks. We set out early to kayak the calm bay and search the beach for fossils. Sucia Island greeted us with river otters, hairy woodpeckers, and trees adorned with sparkling spider webs. This island did not disappoint. After a beautiful morning ashore it was all aboard for our journey south to Seattle, bringing an end to a truly magical week in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Jessica Farrer


Jessica graduated with a degree in evolutionary biology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Since graduation she has worked in fisheries management on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea, counted Steller sea lions from cliffs in the Aleutian Islands, tagged sea lions in the Galápagos and monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and for four austral springs she lived in a retrofitted refrigerator container on the Antarctic sea ice near McMurdo Station. In Antarctica she worked on a long-term population study of Weddell seals and hopes to continue working in this ecosystem on predator-prey dynamics of the Ross Sea. 

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