Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Jun 16, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


At midnight, National Geographic Sea Lion headed into Glacier Bay so that we would wake up to the Margerie Glacier this morning. This majestic tidewater glacier soars 250 feet above the water line and dips as far as 100 feet below water. It is a mile wide and 21 miles in length. 

What a view for the guests taking in some exercise on deck, inspired the glacier’s strength, balance and stillness within. As we feel the mist all around us, up high on these mountains, it is snowing. It snows almost year-round, compounding on itself year after year. 

Glacier Bay has a sense of the mystical about it. This is a place of wilderness. Throughout the day, our Tlingit Cultural Interpreter Mamie Williams sang her native songs, including the song of the bears. Soon enough, we had our first bear sighting, made by naturalist Carlos Navarro at 9:25AM and again at noon from the bow of the ship: Two large brown bears along the shoreline searching for vegetation. 

Glacier Bay is also a place of deep and expansive natural history, and we learned much about our surroundings from National Park Service Ranger Amber Glove.

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Tessa Taft

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Tessa is here to keep you energized and offer you new perspectives on the life you live. From her own global traveling experiences and worldly educational background, she realized from the beginning to start asking: If not now, when?

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Carlos Navarro

Undersea Specialist

Carlos J. Navarro is a biochemist specializing in marine biology, a M. Sc. in Environmental Management and a freelance wildlife photographer/author. Carlos has spent most of the last 30 years living along the shores of the Sea of Cortez and participating in numerous scientific, conservation and environmental education projects on the vaquita, marine invertebrates, sea birds, great white sharks, baleen whales, jaguars and crocodiles. Carlos’ six years of jaguar research provided the basis of ONCA MAYA, a non-profit organization dedicated to jaguar conservation based in Cancun, of which he is a founding member and still serves as a scientific advisor. He loves being underwater, either free-diving or using SCUBA gear and have had the chance to explore the underwater realms of Alaska, Mexico, Svalbard, the trans-Atlantic ridge islands, the Caribbean and both coasts of South America from Panama to Chile and Brazil to Argentina. 

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