Chatham Strait and Sitkoh Bay

Sep 03, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


Guests woke up to a beautiful Southeast Alaska morning. A light fog hugged the tallest Sitka spruce as perfect pastel colors filled the skies. The quiet tranquility that greeted early risers didn’t last long as we encountered our first whale activity shortly after in Chatham Strait. Early trip briefings were given a welcomed interruption when we saw cooperative feeding from a group of seven humpback whales. Feeding events were broken up by breaching events and breaching events were broken up by feeding events. A perfect introduction to the magic and beauty of Southeast Alaska.

After lunch, we anchored in Sitkoh Bay, where guests were able to kayak and enjoy interpretive hikes. The sun was high and the faces were smiling. But, my personal favorite of the day was watching a group of humpbacks engaging in cooperative feeding through the dining room windows while we enjoyed wonderful local halibut and a nice white wine at dinner.

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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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