Pavlof Harbor and Chatham Strait, Alaska

Jul 22, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


After anchoring at Pavlof Harbor this morning, our guests and expedition staff set out to explore the area by kayak and expedition landing craft. 

We took advantage of high tide to motor up a salmon stream to the base of a beautiful waterfall. With salmon leaping out of the water around us, we took in the natural beauty of this area, watched seaplanes fly overhead, and observed a variety of birdlife. Guests spotted mergansers, bald eagles, and an American dipper. 

After a beautiful morning, National Geographic Sea Bird entered Chatham Strait. Sailing north, guests and staff took advantage of the warm—and sunny—weather to spot wildlife from the bow. At sunset, we spotted a group of humpback whales practicing cooperative bubble-net feeding, one of nature’s most spectacular wildlife behaviors. Up to 10 individual whales were diving and surfacing together in their search for food. We were lucky to spend time watching and photographing these animals as the golden light faded to a pink sunset over the mountains.

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About the Author

David Spiegel

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

David grew up in the Seattle area, where he fell in love with nature through outdoor sports in the Pacific Northwest. He first picked up a camera during a 14-day Grand Canyon river trip at the age of 18. Little did he know that his hobby would morph into a lifelong passion and career. He moved to Colorado to pursue a degree in International Political Economy from Colorado College. After receiving his degree, he applied his passion for media to documenting watershed conservation issues in the Colorado River Basin states through the lens of a 900-mile-long river expedition in 2012.

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James Biscardi

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James Biscardi is a young, ambitious professional photographer and videographer. He is always on the lookout for the next big adventure and “telling the story” through film.

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