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


Sarah’s fondest memories of nature are experiences she’s shared with friends—especially when those experiences involve spotting wildlife from the bow of a ship! She’s 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 Hawai’i Honolulu. Sarah was first partial to mammalian studies, and it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she began to truly appreciate watching birds and what they could teach us about patience, integrity, and hope.

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Steve Ewing

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Steve fell in love with the beauty of the natural world at an early age. In addition to nature, his other main passion was telling stories though the medium of television and radio. Steve studied broadcast journalism at the University of Oregon. There, he learned how to shoot, edit, and report compelling stories using digital video.

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