Baranof Island & Chatham Strait

May 18, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

The final leg of any journey comes with a lot of reflection and thought. This day was no exception, as the National Geographic Sea Bird wrapped up an epic voyage north from Seattle to British Colombia and Haida Gwaii, and into Southeast Alaska. Our final day was spent hiking along the sun-dappled rain forest up towards Lake Eva on the island of Baranof in Alaska. After an extended leg-stretch, some beachcombing, and a final photo session, we struck out into Chatham Strait in search of marine life and, where we encountered both brown bears and humpback whales. What an expedition!

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James Hyde


James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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