Baffin Bay

Aug 10, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


After bidding farewell to Greenland yesterday we struck out across the famous Baffin Bay, named for William Baffin, the 17th century explorer who set out in search of the Northwest Passage for England. Motoring at a steady pace, we filled the day with bird-watching and informative lectures about many different aspects of the Arctic. The fog came and went and every once in a while, a huge iceberg would quietly float by.

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James Hyde

Naturalist

James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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