May 15, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird
Princess Royal Island was our destination of the morning. Under sunny skies, we took our expedition landing craft to Butedale. This former cannery is under renovation on a grand scale. We walked through the remaining buildings and hiked up to the lake hidden deep in the forest. As we cruised along the shoreline, we were able to get up close to the waterfall that provides the current facility with electricity. In the afternoon we explored the confluence of Campania Sound and Whale Channel, where we found humpback whales and what were possibly fin whales. The definitive white field markings on the fin whales’ lower right jaws were not visible, so perhaps they weren’t fin whales after all—but they were wonderful and appreciated by all on board.
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