Khutze Inlet, British Columbia

Sep 10, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


This morning we awoke to the pitter-patter of steady rain upon the decks of National Geographic Quest. As we made way towards the small encampment of Butedale, the rain began to falter. We eagerly watched the shoreline, saving our attention for wildlife which might make its appearance.

While admiring the natural beauty of the land around us, we pushed onwards making our way into Khutze Inlet, a narrow but long band of sea that lingered until the water gave way to a mudflat that opened to an expansive meadow. The meadow looked to be an ideal place to set landfall. As we looked back, we could see the texture of the land we had just passed by. Waterfalls and rivers fell into the sea interrupting the steep walls of the inlet where they could, and seals swam about stealing breaths before diving into the dark depths below. We knew that despite the rainfall, the decision to kayak had proven to be a superb one.

As the hikers embarked upon the meadow they received the radio call every Naturalist dreams of: bears were spotted - two bears would could be seen in the meadow today! A sight to behold for the hikers as well as a powerful message and gift from the rainforest we are sailing through. As the hikers enjoyed these apex predators, the kayakers made their way from waterfall to waterfall. The sight of water pouring down from tree covered cliffsides is one that never disappoints.

All the while the undersea team was hard at work exploring the subtidal life of Khutze Inlet. Among the treasures they spied were sea slugs, rockfish, echinoderms of all types, and jellyfish. Khutze Inlet was alive today. It put on a show for us as we were welcomed by all manner of life and beauty. It will be a hard day to forget as we sail south towards the town of Alert Bay.

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Kayvon Malek

Undersea Specialist

In 2011 Kayvon’s life changed when he took his first breath underwater. After signing up for a SCUBA course on a whim while studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz he soon shifted his major and focus in life. He graduated in 2015 after studying Environmental Studies and Biology, focusing on marine conservation. By that time, he was an AAUS certified Scientific Diver aiding in field research, a NAUI Divemaster, and had begun working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium sharing the wonder of the ocean that captivated him four years prior.

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