British Columbia, Butedale

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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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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