LeConte Bay, Petersburg

Aug 24, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


All around us this morning were glaciers, icebergs, and blue and clear ice as we cruised around on our Zodiacs in LeConte Bay. The ice formations fascinated us, and when one of the crystal towers plummeted into the water, the boom and splash created an enormous wave, making our entire Zodiac jump. The ice had many color variations, creating a spectacular display formed by different amounts of debris remaining within the iceberg. There were marbled murrelets (brachyramphus marmoratus) in the water, and, being very skittish, they dove into the ocean. This entire ecosystem is formed by a receding glacier which has made it unique and, although harsh, stunningly beautiful. As beautiful as it is, this environment is vulnerable to climate change, so all those who visit should conserve to protect this for future generations.

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Text by Anya Levin, guest, age 11,  Kathryn Morin, guest, age 15

Text by Anya Levin, guest, age 11, Kathryn Morin, guest, age 15

About the Photographer

Sarah Keefer

Naturalist

Sarah’s fondest memories of nature and wildlife encounters are ones she has shared with friends- especially when those experiences involve birding on the bow of a ship! She is captivated by the wonders of the natural world, and it was the lure of expansive wilderness and exotic destinations that inspired her to study Wildlife Biology at both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawaii Honolulu. First partial to mammalian studies, it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she truly appreciated the value of watching birds, and what they could teach us about patience, integrity and hope.

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