Fox Creek and Inian Islands

Aug 30, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


At first light, guests were welcomed to Fox Creek by a low fog over her lush forest. Guests took in the beautiful area by kayaks and interpretive walks around the island. Exploring the area by kayaks allowed guests a great opportunity to see many of the intertidal species. During the hike to Fox creek, guests saw perennial bear tracks, learned about this unique ecosystem, and saw many species of local flora and fauna.

After repositioning to the Inian Islands, the afternoon was spent in the Zodiacs exploring. Here they were able to see sea otters caring for their young amongst the kelp, large groups of Steller sea lions on the rocks and feeding on rockfish, while harbor porpoises pushed Pacific herring to the surface where black-legged kittiwakes were happy to join in on the feast. A true feeding bonanza.

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Ralph Pace

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Ralph is a freelance underwater and environmental photographer based in San Diego, California. Having grown up in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Ralph’s love of nature and the outdoors came at a young age. He holds a graduate degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he used the economic value of a surfing wave along with photography to stop the construction of a marina project that would have ruined a lagoon, a critical sea turtle nesting habitat, and a world-class surf break.  

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Beau Sylte

Video Chronicler

Beau has been producing professional videos and films since 2007 and has been to 29 countries with Lindblad Expeditions. Originally from Seattle, Beau now lives in Southeast Alaska after falling in love with the place while working in the Inside Passage as a video chronicler with Lindblad between 2008 and 2012. Recently Beau has done full-time video marketing work for companies like REI and has started a video production and advertising company in Juneau called Alaska in Motion. When not working on video and marketing consultation, Beau is training to be a volunteer firefighter with Capital City Fire and Rescue in Juneau.

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