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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