Glacier Bay National Park

Jun 02, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


After navigating overnight through Glacier Bay National Park, we awoke to see the first rays of sunlight on Margerie Glacier at the northern end of the park. As we approached the gigantic river of ice, we noticed a lone transient killer whale traveling along side of the National Geographic Sea Lion. Our attention, however, quickly returned to the glacier as massive pieces of ice calved from the face and into the sea. Our guests and naturalist staff gathered on the bow as we turned south from Margerie Glacier and, with our binoculars at the ready, we were treated to a day packed full of wildlife sightings including brown bears, mountain goats, and tufted puffins.

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David Spiegel

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

David grew up in the Seattle area, where he fell in love with nature through outdoor sports in the Pacific Northwest. He first picked up a camera during a 14-day Grand Canyon river trip at the age of 18. Little did he know that his hobby would morph into a lifelong passion and career. He moved to Colorado to pursue a degree in International Political Economy from Colorado College. After receiving his degree, he applied his passion for media to documenting watershed conservation issues in the Colorado River Basin states through the lens of a 900-mile-long river expedition in 2012.

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Ashley Karitis

Video Chronicler

Ashley was raised in Central Oregon where she spent her childhood ski racing, riding horses, playing classical piano, and working summer jobs on a dude ranch. She then attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning degrees in cinema-television, history, and international relations. Although immersed in the studies of narrative filmmaking, she gravitated toward the process, deeper on-camera conversations, and scientific and human themes explored in documentary production.

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