Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait

Jul 18, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


The topography and setting of Saginaw Bay is unusual in this part of Southeast Alaska due to the sliver of fossiliferous Paleozoic limestone forming the bay.  Today’s anchorage amidst the forested cliffs offered our first opportunity for in-depth exploration of the temperate rainforest, as well as intertidal life discoveries through shore walks and paddling.  Afternoon cruising through Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait repeatedly lured everyone to outside decks with charismatic cetacean sightings.  One guest claimed the day could not be better.

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Chelsea Leven

Naturalist

Time among frogs and hardwood forests established Chelsea’s love for the outdoors as a child in the snowbelt of northeast Ohio. Impelled by curiosity about the natural world, she signed up for field trips in college, earning a geology degree from Amherst College, and studying marine ecology in New Zealand. Snapshots from ensuing science positions include scuba diving research, paleoclimate studies in Chile’s Atacama Desert, and warming bags of live bats against her belly.

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