Cruising and Lake Eva, Alaska

Jul 11, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


Our day was filled with many wonderful encounters with whales, dolphins, and porpoises.  Sailing through Chatham Strait, we woke to killer whales swimming with us just after breakfast.  We were lucky enough to have Dr. Andy Szabo join us onboard for the morning, talking to us about the research he is doing on whales – specifically humpback whales – in Southeast Alaska. Coincidently we followed up his talk with very close views of humpback whales.  In the afternoon, we hiked through the forests along the river output of Lake Eva.  We enjoyed the opportunity to get out in the kayaks and paddle up the river.  The day was not over yet, as after dinner we again saw killer whales swimming below our ship and able to lower our hydrophone, we listened to a mother and her young vocalizing.

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Amy Malkoski

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Amy was raised near Cape Cod in coastal Marion, Massachusetts, and her relationship with the ocean and nature has always been an active one. Her parents, avid divers and marine biologists, introduced her to the underwater world when she was very young and she grew up participating in as many water-related activities as possible. Amy spent her summers sailing and exploring intertidal areas of Buzzards Bay. At age 12 she became a certified diver and is now a divemaster with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). In high school her passion for nature and art developed into a love of photography, using the medium to share her explorations with others. 

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