Devon Island and Blanley Bay

Aug 26, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

An early morning in the Arctic is an easy thing. The sun is almost always up, so one need only to open the blinds and get out on deck. This morning was particularly splendid. Dawn arrived late, rising over the walls of the fjord at Blanley Bay just as guests were disembarking for shore hikes and kayaks were being launched to explore the icebergs. The afternoon’s activities consisted of multiple polar bear encounters punctuated by bratwurst barbeque and beer on the back deck. We even had a bear stop by for an after-dinner viewing.


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James Hyde


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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