Peril and Chatham Strait

May 20, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


The day began with mist-shrouded mountains emerging from the ocean. While National Geographic Sea Bird cruised through the narrow passages of Peril Strait we saw the distant blow of a juvenile humpback whale before it disappeared below the waves. As we left Peril Strait and joined Chatham Strait, we quietly watched a bachelor group of Steller sea lions relax on the channel marker buoy. We observed the quite gathering as one of their fellow pinnipeds looked for an invitation to join his lazy brethren. Our destination lay farther north and we pressed on.

The afternoon found us in Pavlof Harbor. Clouds crept down the mountains and so we took the chance before the rain came to adventure both onshore and off. We filled the later hours of the day with flora-filled hikes, picking our way through the towering spruce until a pond materialized. A local beaver and his family had made this their home and the lodge rose from the water. Back off shore, we were graced with the creatures of the intertidal zone as we kayaked along the coast. All along the oceans edge we passed pacific blue mussels, acorn barnacles, and Sitka periwinkles.

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Adam Maire

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Naturalist, underwater videographer, captain, and historian, Adam Maire is dedicated to exploring around the globe with a goal of researching, documenting, and teaching others about the beauty, the power and the importance of the earth’s wild places. With degrees in animal science, history and a Scuba Diving Instructor certification, he is passionate about finding extraordinary ways to help others understand the links between the worlds that exist both above and below the surface of the ocean. As a temperate and cold-water diver, he is able to capture video and images of rarely seen marine life to create real connections with the underwater world.

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Sharon Grainger

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Sharon’s degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from Eastern Washington University have given her a good base to pursue her profession as a naturalist and photographer. With five generations of artists behind her, she has developed a portfolio of images covering many interests including indigenous cultures, ethnobotany, natural and cultural history. Photography gives voice and interpretation to her experience of the world. Spending many years with Native peoples has dramatically affected her attitude towards how and what she sees. She recognized, through these experiences, the diversity of peoples around the world. This began a lifelong curiosity about the variety of ways in which different cultures relate to each other and this planet.

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