Sucia Island

Sep 16, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


It was beautiful for our first morning in the San Juan Islands. As we sailed Boundary Pass, we had our first glimpse of wildlife when a pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins zoomed past. We soon arrived at Sucia Island Marine State Park, an archipelago of picturesque islands that were saved from development and subdivision when bought by local Puget Sound yachtsmen. There, we anchored and prepared for an afternoon of hiking, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

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Amy Malkoski

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Amy was raised near Cape Cod in coastal Marion, Massachusetts, and her relationship with the ocean and nature has always been an active one. Her parents, avid divers and marine biologists, introduced her to the underwater world when she was very young and she grew up participating in as many water-related activities as possible. Amy spent her summers sailing and exploring intertidal areas of Buzzards Bay. At age 12 she became a certified diver and is now a divemaster with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). In high school her passion for nature and art developed into a love of photography, using the medium to share her explorations with others. 

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Victoria Souze

Naturalist

Victoria is currently director for the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to responding to marine mammal stranding’s and the welfare of marine mammals. The network does research, education and response for marine mammals in distress. After completing her studies in fisheries and wildlife at Grays Harbor College and marine biology at Western Washington University, she moved to Lummi Island, a small island that is part of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. 

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