Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

Aug 11, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

As National Geographic Explorer continued her journey across Baffin Bay, guests were inspired, delighted, and educated by two presentations in the lounge. From Kathy Sullivan, oceanographer, astronaut, and leading science administrator, we learned what happens when you put a GoPro camera inside a bubble of water in weightless space, how space shuttle bathrooms work, and how data gathered from space has changed everything. National Geographic photographer Phil Schermeister followed, giving guests practical photo tips that work with any camera.

In early afternoon, National Geographic Explorer dropped anchor just off the hamlet of Pond Inlet, in full view of the splendor of Bylot Island’s glaciers and mountains. In a community center, we were treated to a cultural performance of Inuit dancing, drumming, throat singing, and traditional athletic trials such as lip-pulling contests. A tiny child, clad in sealskin boots, stole the show, to the delight of all. When the performance was completed, we headed for the anivvik (exit) and then back home to the ship.

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About the Author

David Cairns


David has spent most of his life on, over, or surrounded by water. Born and raised on Prince Edward Island on Canada's east coast, he pursued graduate and postdoctoral studies on seabirds on the remote fringes of eastern and Arctic Canada. He then took up a career in fisheries science which led him back to his natal island, where he is a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and an adjunct professor at several universities. As a marine biologist, David considers himself singularly lucky to be paid to snorkel through salmon pools, steer Zodiacs through bergy bits, look up at whales, measure writhing eels, scramble up a rocky ledge that Jacques Cartier's men scrambled up, sit still while a puffin unties his bootlaces, sleep among the ghosts of great auks, and discover things about the natural world that have never been known before. He likes to share his stories and passions with others, which is why he applied to join the Lindblad Expedition team.

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