Whales and Lake Eva

Aug 22, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


Today we cruised through Chatham Strait, again in search of whales. We were delighted to see a few humpback whales waving hello with their large spotted flukes. In the afternoon, we went on various hikes to explore Lake Eva and its flowing salmon streams. Deep hues of golden browns were seen from the tannins leaching into the water from the surrounding vegetation. Wildlife was brimming both above and below the sea’s surface today. During dinner, we encountered a pod of killer whales and so we kept pace at about six knots in order to get some spectacularly close views! Double spy hops were highlights as two younger whales ballooned their upper bodies above the water perpendicularly. The moon came out as the mountainous seascape painted swashes of indigo and lavender.

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Caitlyn Webster

Undersea Specialist

Caitlyn grew up entranced by the sea. She first became SCUBA certified while in high school in southern California and found her true passion diving and studying marine life. After graduating from Cal Poly State University: San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biological Sciences and a concentration in Marine Science and Fisheries, she began her career in research diving operations and logistics. Through different universities and various opportunities, Caitlyn has been fortunate enough to travel to particularly remote parts of the world, sharing her enthusiasm for exploring the seas and marine conservation.

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Eric Wehrmeister

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Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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