Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound and Alert Bay

May 08, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

At dawn, we were cruising west in the beautiful waters of Johnstone Strait.  When we turned into Blackfish Sound, the birdlife was abundant – we watched bald eagles catching fish from the surface, saw dozens of rhinoceros auklets, and we glimpsed seals, harbor porpoises, and two humpback whales.  We spent the afternoon with the Kwakwaka’wakw people at Alert Bay, learning about the potlatch ceremony at the U’mista Cultural Center, and watching dances performaned by the Tsasala Cultural Group at the Big House.

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Berit Solstad


Berit grew up on the rocky shores of Marblehead, Massachusetts. In the tidal cove behind her family’s home she found horseshoe crabs, eels, and feeding frenzies of fishes and birds. Low tides exposed clam flats, crabs, mussels, and snails. She explored this marine environment through changing tides and seasons, nurturing a love of natural history and marine biology.

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