Lake Eva & Chatham Strait

Jun 29, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

A morning of safety and operations briefings is never a particularly interesting affair, however, once it becomes punctuated with whale sightings, it becomes far more enthralling!  This was just such a day that we had on board the National Geographic Sea Bird. We began our day by cruising in Chatham Strait looking for wildlife and sure enough a group of feeding humpback whales appeared. After spending some good quality time with the majestic beasts from the deep we moved on to our afternoon landing at Lake Eva, a legendary landing on Baranof Island. Here, we deployed the kayaks and expedition landing craft, and went for a couple of fantastic hikes and paddles around the area, with dozens of bald eagles spotted and the beginnings of the Sockeye salmon run.

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James Hyde


James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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