Lake Eva & Chatham Strait

Jul 19, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


This morning started out quite wet as National Geographic Sea Lion entered Peril Strait on our way toward the landing site at Lake Eva. But, as luck would have it, the rain stopped right as we got the first Zodiacs ashore and improved throughout the morning. There was an opportunity to take a longer hike of about two miles one way to the lake itself, a medium one part way, or to do another kayak excursion. Our luck continued with great views of two different female brown bears with young cubs near the lower trail. The afternoon brought fantastic humpback whale encounters, with breaching, pectoral fin slapping, and incredible “bubble-netting” feeding behavior!

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Rich Kirchner

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Rich Kirchner has worked as a naturalist in Antarctica, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Baja and the High Arctic, including Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Iceland. His 25 years as a professional wildlife photographer has granted him international publication credits included in magazines such as Geo Germany, Geo France, Natural History, Audubon, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick, as well as more than a hundred books.

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Julio Rodriguez

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Born and raised in Ecuador, the son of Spanish and American parents, Julio developed a passion for storytelling and conservation at an early age. After majoring in history at Carleton College in Minnesota, and completing a thesis on the Basque anti-Franco movement, he taught English in Spain and made short promotional films for an energy efficiency company in India and two environmental conservation NGOs in Greece and Galápagos. These experiences gave him some amazing travel opportunities and strengthened his resolve to support environmental protection.

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