Sitkoh Bay & Peril Strait

Jul 07, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


We started of our last day of expedition cruising aboard National Geographic Quest with a morning stretch class to a backdrop of beautiful cloudy skies and snowy mountains. Soon enough, we anchored in Sitkoh Bay and boarded Zodiacs for our last expedition of the trip. Some enjoyed paddling and taking in the beautiful coastline scenery, while others explored the temperate rainforest of the southeast end of Chicagof Island by walking along a retired logging road.

Meanwhile, the undersea naturalists, Lynn and I, donned our dive gear and underwater cameras to investigate what the depths of Sitkoh Bay hand to offer – a bounty of Dungeness crab. The morning walks and paddling may have been the final outing of the trip, but the fun did not end there. Following a delicious lunch, our youngest explorers took a huge step in their goal of becoming National Geographic Global Explorers by learning to drive the ship’s Zodiacs. Last, but most definitely not least, many brave souls fully immersed themselves in the Alaskan experience by plunging into the chilly waters as the rest cheered on from the bow of the ship. Our night was capped off with an amazing slideshow put together by Ryder, the photo instructor, who perfectly condensed the joy and memories of the trip into a beautiful slideshow. Between the wildlife, the sunsets, and the amazing group of explorers, this trip has been an incredible week of expedition cruising and we could not have had a better day to wrap it up.

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Ana Sofia Guerra

Undersea Specialist

Ana was born in Monterrey, Mexico, very far away from the ocean. Eleven years later, she was living in São Paulo, Brazil and, through a local sea turtle NGO, she discovered a passion for the marine world and got certified as a PADI Junior Open Water Diver at age 12. After completing high school in Mexico City, Ana moved to California to attend Stanford University. Ana obtained a degree in Biology through Stanford University and she actively sought out opportunities to do her work by or in the water. After graduating, Ana was selected as the North American Rolex Scholar of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society. This unique diving scholarship allowed Ana to travel across the Americas, the South Pacific and Australia, where she immersed herself in variety of fields, from photography and dive guiding to marine science.

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Ana Sofia Guerra, Lynn Wilbur, and David Jaffe

Ana Sofia Guerra, Lynn Wilbur, and David Jaffe

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