Whale Sound, Klewnuggit Inlet and East Inlet

May 10, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

This morning we continued our remarkable voyage through British Columbia searching for wildlife in the Klewnuggit Inlet. We carefully crept through the narrow waterway searching for even a glimpse of the elusive “spirit bear.”  Sheer cliffs rose high above the ship unlocking embracing views of plunging waterfalls at every turn.

Our ship was surrounded by mist-shrouded wilderness with the sounds of varied thrush and bald eagles echoing through the morning dew. The glacially-cut inlet gave way to a beautiful light wind and golden rays of sun before breakfast.

With the old growth rainforest by our side, we were delighted to be greeted by a humpback whale late in the morning. We were able to share wonderful moments close to the bow of the ship listening to several long blows with few time in between.

After a final rise of the humpback’s fluke, we thankfully and appreciatively continued on with our journey.

Our morning was complete with a visit from a small pod of black and white colored Dall’s porpoises. These exquisite cetaceans live exclusively in the North Pacific and the Bering Sea. Their playful leaps across the water were only made more exciting when they rushed to approach our ship to ride the bow, leaving a trail of rooster-tail spray and excited smiles for us all. In the afternoon, we took advantage of the sunny day by exploring the East Inlet on kayaks and Zodiacs below snowy peaks, observing life in the area from below to above. We especially enjoyed the opportunity to see harbor seals, crabs, sea stars and a variety of temperate rainforest trees and bushes.

  • Send

About the Author

Christine West

Undersea Specialist

Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

Get our newsletter

Join us for updates, insider reports & special offers.

Privacy Policy