Aug 09, 2018 - National Geographic Quest
Today was another fantastic Southeast Alaskan day aboard National Geographic Quest. Before breakfast, the ship anchored in a bay on the northern end of Baranof Island. From here, guests explored the land on a hike along the Eva Stream trail, inspecting the status of current salmon runs and admiring the old growth forest that is rarely seen in this region of the Tongass National Forest. Kayaking was also available to investigate the aquatic life found in a tidal lagoon located at the mouth of the stream. Here, the fresh water from Lake Eva mixes with the salt water of the rising tide, creating a very interesting brackish ecosystem. After morning operations, National Geographic Quest headed east out of Peril Strait, encountering a group of bubble-net feeding humpback whales for the third time this week. Field staff estimated the group to contain at least 14 individuals—the largest so far—that swam directly under the ship in pursuit of their baitfish prey.
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