Icy Strait, Inian Islands, George Island

Jun 12, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

We spent all day exploring the wild margin between the Gulf of Alaska and the inland fjord system that makes up Southeast Alaska.  Zodiac cruisers and kayakers delighted in watching sea lions, sea otters, bald eagles, and even humpback whales. Hikers experienced rainforest trails, photographed WWII artifacts and wandered near tidepools.  As backdrop to it all, the rugged beautiful landscape of Alaska’s outer coast.

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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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