Aug 28, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion
We found ourselves shrouded in fog this morning as the ship cut peacefully through glassy marine waters. As the mist lifted, we clambered into our inflatable boats and began exploring the churning waters of the Inian Islands. At the northern most extent of the inside passage, these islands act as a sieve when the tides change and create a significant amount of mixing and upwelling. This brings nutrients and fish to the surface providing diving birds, sea otters, and sea lions with ample foraging opportunities. On our cruises, we spotted bald eagles snatching rockfish from the water’s surface, Steller sea lions thrashing salmon into smaller bites, and sea otters wrapping themselves in the kelp. In the afternoon, we stretched our legs at Fox Creek and walked the natural bear trails amongst devils club, Sitka spruce, mushrooms, and salmon streams. Our gorgeous day came to a close near the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park, with its towering mountains clinging to white clouds in the sky.
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