Bay, British Columbia

Oct 08, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


As we awoke to rain and fog, National Geographic Sea Bird was making her way toward the town of Alert Bay. As we cruised, we watched humpback whales fluking and lunging all around the ship. We spotted killer whales in our vicinity and watched as they approached us, swimming just off our bow. Steller sea lions called out to us from rocky points on the shoreline. We reached Alert Bay just as the first half of the day wound down. We went ashore and learned about the culture of the First Nations people here, of their plight and culture, past and present. As we left Alert Bay, we looked toward the horizon and new adventures. 

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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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