The Idaho Inlet & Inian Islands

May 21, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


The National Geographic Sea Bird began the day slipping through the narrow Idaho Inlet. As the ship slowly approached the inlet, the mist crept through the low mountain valleys. While some of the passengers prepared to hike through the towering Sitka spruce of an old-growth forest, others donned life jackets to explore the coast by kayak. A light drizzle kept the adventurers cool and the bugs at bay.

The afternoon found explorers cruising through the exciting waters around the Inian Islands. The rising tide brought with it an abundance of sea life, which serves as food for the local birds and marine mammals. As steller sea lions plucked fish from the waves, hungry gulls and bald eagles waited impatiently to clean up the leftovers. The gulls swarmed over the sea lions at the surface, barely waiting for the morsels to drop out of the lion’s mouth before swooping in to claim their meals. As dinner time ended for the wildlife and was about to begin for those aboard the ship, the Sea Bird moved along to enjoy the evening in Dundas Bay, and we experienced one last surprise: a pod of hunting Bigg’s killer whales showed up to chase their prey right in front of the ship! What a great day.

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Adam Maire

Naturalist

Growing up on a working cattle ranch in rural Nebraska, Adam spent most of his youth outdoors. Early on, he was inspired to explore as much of the natural world around him as possible, leading him to join the U.S. Army, and earn an associate’s degree in animal science and a B.S. in history and criminal justice from the University of Nebraska.

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Sarah Culler

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Sarah was raised on a multi-generational family dairy farm, established circa 1815 in Lucas, Ohio. Consequently, her first paying job was milking cows! Rewarding as it was to get paid for the first time, she found her passion behind the lens of a camera. Growing up on the farm gave her not only a strong work ethic but also the love of nature and being outdoors. 

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