Behm Canal & Owl Pass, Southeast Alaska

May 19, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


After sailing from Haida Gwaii, we reentered U.S. waters and arrived at the northern boundary of Dixon Entrance. The mist and clouds from the day before were gone and we were treated to sunshine on the water as we began our journey in Southeast Alaska. We soon spotted a solitary humpback whale feeding near the shore of a small cove. The whale surface fed for a while, then began slapping its tail on the surface. Some speculate that this is a learned behavior that possibly stuns the whale’s fish prey. After having our fill of the whale, we continued east into Behm Canal, through Owl Pass and the cliff face that gives the pass its name, and into the heart of Misty Fjords National Monument. We set anchor at the head of the canal and spent the afternoon kayaking the quiet bay and shoreline. While guests relaxed on deck with drinks and hors d’oeuvres before dinner, a few staff headed out by expedition landing craft to deploy the remote-operated vehicle into the sea below the Owl Pass rock face.

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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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