DeGroff Bay and Peril Strait, Alaska

Jul 19, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

After departing Sitka last evening, National Geographic Sea Bird found a quiet anchorage for the night. Today began with a minke whale sighting and ended with a view of humpback whales feeding in Chatham Strait. 

Scattered throughout the day were several other wildlife sightings—deer, birds, toads, slugs, seals, sea otters, a brown bear, and a mink. The scenery was spectacular, and the weather quite fair as we hiked around and kayaked in DeGroff Bay. The photo team and naturalists taught us about the temperate coastal rain forest and the nation’s largest national forest—the Tongass. We explored extensive tidal flats and a lovely meadow. The day’s avian highlight: sandhill cranes. 

Back on the ship, we had a photography presentation and hands-on sessions as we cruised through scenic Peril Strait.

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About the Author

Lee Moll


Lee grew up as a "Nature Girl" in the rural outskirts of New York City, where she developed and expressed her keen sense of biophilia.  She expanded her passion for the outdoors when she ventured to the western side of the country and she currently owns a home in Boise, Idaho.

About the Photographer

Paolo Marra-Biggs

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Paolo grew up just five miles from the ocean and for as long as he can remember, he’s always spent his free time in and around the water. As a high school student, he volunteered during the summer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and he was an active Junior Lifeguard. 

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