Halleck Harbor, Saginaw Bay, and Cruising Chatham Strait

Jun 06, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Southeast Alaska is a place of islands and fjords, and of land intertwined with sea, and today we enjoyed a full experience of both. Hikes and walks on Kuiu Island took us into the temperate rainforest, while kayakers paddled the nearby bay. There was plenty of marine wildlife to be seen as we cruised Southeast’s biggest fjord, and in the afternoon we heard the latest information about that wildlife from Andy Szavbo of Alaska Whale Foundation, who joined us from his nearby research station.

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About the Author

Linda Nicklin


After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in biology and anthropology, Linda Nicklin relocated to Alaska, where she fell in love with the state while spending summers in remote wilderness camps doing botanical surveys for the U.S. Forest Service. She has lived in Juneau for twenty-four years.

About the Photographer

Flip Nicklin

National Geographic Photographer

National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin is one of the world's leading photographers of whales. Flip has been documenting marine mammal behavior in oceans around the world for the last 40-plus years from the Arctic to Antarctica, with ongoing research in the North Pacific.  His majestic photos and amazing audio tracks of humpbacks and killer whales have appeared in numerous National Geographic publications and television specials. He has shot dozens of stories for National Geographic magazine, beginning with his first assignment as a diving assistant in the 1970s and working with whales since 1979.

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