Sitkoh Bay

Jul 09, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Every once in a while, we come to a place that I feel I am not finished with.  Whether it is because I have not seen a particular species there before, or because I have seen many of a species there, I am almost always transfixed by my desire to learn more about the place, and/or its inhabitants. Such is the case with Sitkoh Bay.  It is not communion with the bears, or even a chance to watch the Sitka black-tailed deer, but a lower prey I seek. This is the ancestral home of one of Alaska’s most mysterious inhabitants – the ghost slug! For all of the traveling that I have done across the various terrains of Southeast Alaska, I have never found this sub-species of the banana slug anywhere but in Sitkoh Bay. After making our acquaintance with this genetic marvel, we listened to Pacific wrens, hermit thrushes, and Pacific-slope flycatchers, truly a divine symphony in the trees. One to be savored, and remembered, for a long time to come.

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About the Author

Jeff Campbell


Jeff Campbell fell in love with the ocean while attending boatbuilding school in Eastport, Maine. Since completing his MS in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University, he has worked for NOAA documenting the ecological impacts of transoceanic fiber-optic cable; the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife developing an aging method for sixgill sharks; the Lummi Tribe as a Harvest Biologist; Northwest Indian College teaching Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and as a volunteer for the Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He has been involved in research developing mitigation methods for harmful algae blooms, sterilization methods for oil tanker ballast water, and techniques for screening refinery effluent for harmful ecological effects. He also served as Principle Director on a USDA-funded grant using student interns to study the impact of nutrient-rich run-off on seasonal dead-zones in Bellingham Bay.

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Dave Katz

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As a family growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, free time was spent in the outdoors. Dave’s mother, an earth science and biology teacher turned weekend hikes into informative lessons. The beautiful gorges, lakes and forests made a lasting impression.

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