Stephens Passage and Endicott Arm

May 23, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

We awoke to a gray Southeast Alaska day travelling down Stephens Passage. The icebergs were drifting out from Endicott Arm and the birds were foraging in the early morning hours. As we headed into Endicott Arm, we hit a wall of fog. There was barely a quarter of a mile of visibility. Suddenly, the fog parted, the clouds began to lift and we were surrounded by water filled with icebergs.

We began our kayak adventure in the silty glacial waters. We kayaked next to a grassy green cove with a stream coursing down through the valley. Waterfalls were everywhere—pouring down the rock cliffs from the snowy peaks. Some people opted to go paddleboarding.

After a nice hot lunch, we loaded into expedition landing crafts to get a close-up look at Dawes Glacier. The calving of the glacier was continuous for almost half an hour. The booms from the calving reverberated off the high rock walls. It was another adventure-filled day on a journey aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird.

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Victoria Souze


Victoria is currently director for the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to responding to marine mammal strandings and the welfare of marine mammals. After completing her studies in fisheries and wildlife at Grays Harbor College and marine biology at Western Washington University, she moved to Lummi Island, a small island that is part of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. For the past two decades she has worked as a marine naturalist on tour boats with an emphasis on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales in the Salish Sea, a region that encompasses the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia (Canada). In 2009 this area was officially renamed the Salish Sea in honor of the Coast Salish native tribes who have lived there for thousands of years.

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