Alert Bay in Queen Charlotte Strait

Sep 20, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


We began today’s expedition at dawn in the mist and rain-shrouded passages in the northern end of Johnstone Strait. After checking in with marine station Victoria, we headed into Blackfish Sound, on the lookout for wildlife. No sooner had we entered the seemingly placid waters when we encountered sea lions swimming, a solo loon, and at least four humpback whales diving and breaching.

We watched in awe from a safe distance and then moved on to the mouth of the sound where the flood tidewaters from Queen Charlotte Strait push against the existing tidewaters from Johnstone Strait. This is where upwelling occurs, and the food supply is rich, and we marveled at juvenile male sea lions congregating on a rocky nearshore. By noon, we approached Cormorant Island and our destination of Alert Bay, where we explored the Museum of the U’mista Cultural Centre and were treated as guests by dancers of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation.

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About the Author

Lynn Wilbur

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Lynn is a marine biologist and underwater photographer whose passion lies in the intertidal zone. Lynn’s love of the ocean began when she was just four years old after experiencing a tide pool for the first time, and she received her first scuba certification immediately after graduating from high school. Her interest in photography also started when she was a youngster, shooting black and white film with an old box camera that her mother found at a thrift store.   

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