Lake Eva & Chatham Strait

May 23, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


In the morning, National Geographic Quest pulled into Hanus Bay – the location of the pristine trail to Lake Eva. Guests set ashore to take to the trail, discovering the flora of the temperate rainforest. River otters and woodpeckers were spotted, along with a multitude of moss and lichen species. Other activities included photo walks and kayaking in a tidal lagoon as eagles flew overhead. Before we could even pull anchor, we were treated to a humpback whale breaching in solitude and glory, but it was the afternoon that provided the gem of the day. A pod of killer whales were spotted, and our navigation team placed them parallel to the ship in perfect light, allowing for as many photo opportunities, and joyful exclamations as an afternoon could hold.

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Paul North

Undersea Specialist

Paul North is the founder of the educational nonprofit Meet the Ocean and host of its online podcast. As a polar diver with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic, he tours the remote underwater landscapes of Antarctica and other sub-zero destinations to emphasize the importance, diversity, and unexpected color of the invertebrate kingdom.

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