Inian Islands

May 17, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion


We woke to dense fog at our morning in the Hobbit Hole and made our way to the anchorage in South Inian Pass. This was followed by a briefing on protocols for navigating in dense fog, including GPS and operating the some of the expedition watercraft in pairs.

In South Inian Pass we stopped to pay our respects to the crew of the Vagabond Queen at the old graffiti wall and then proceeded into the swirling currents that guard this amazing haven for wildlife.

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Jeff Campbell

Naturalist

Jeff Campbell fell in love with the ocean while attending boatbuilding school in Eastport, Maine. Since completing his MS in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University, he has worked for NOAA documenting the ecological impacts of transoceanic fiber-optic cable; the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife developing an aging method for sixgill sharks; the Lummi Tribe as a Harvest Biologist; Northwest Indian College teaching Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and as a volunteer for the Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He has been involved in research developing mitigation methods for harmful algae blooms, sterilization methods for oil tanker ballast water, and techniques for screening refinery effluent for harmful ecological effects. He also served as Principle Director on a USDA-funded grant using student interns to study the impact of nutrient-rich run-off on seasonal dead-zones in Bellingham Bay.

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