Rudyard Bay - Misty Fjords

Sep 08, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


Today we spent our day surrounded by, and in awe of, the natural beauty of Misty Fjords National Monument. In the wee hours of the morn we made our way into Rudyard Bay. There, we strained our necks up the steeping granite walls which disappeared into the mist and clouds above. Once we reached the end of the fjord, we were greeted by a mother brown bear and her two cubs of the year. We deployed our Zodiacs, spent our time exploring this area and watched National Geographic Quest make its way through Owl Pass.

In the afternoon we headed back to the entrance, but not before making a stop in Punchbowl Cove where the bravest among us participated in a Polar Plunge. Leaping into the frigid Alaskan waters. As we made our way out of Rudyard Bay we looked south as tomorrow morning we would awake in Canadian waters.

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Kayvon Malek

Undersea Specialist

Raised in Southern California, Kayvon has spent his whole life living by the sea. However, his passion for the ocean truly unfolded while obtaining his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz. There he majored in environmental studies and biology and began his scuba diving career. While at UC-Santa Cruz he became an AAUS Scientific Diver as well as a NAUI Divemaster. These certifications allowed him to begin working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium taking children diving in an open exhibit. He was also a research diver for various labs at UC-Santa Cruz, assisting in all manners whether it was obtaining fish samples, setting up experiment apparatuses, or taking salinity and sediment samples. Since graduating Kayvon continues to volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a feeding show and maintenance diver and assisting with research.

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Beau Sylte

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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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