May 21, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion
The extreme abundance of life that surrounds us here in Southeast Alaska is astounding. From the towering biomass of the temperate rainforests that earnestly cover the land, to the cold nutrient-rich waters being flushed in from the Pacific Ocean, there is something for all trophic levels. To compliment the diversity of flora and fauna, our morning expedition in Dundas Bay was similarly varied. Bright orange kayaks soon added a splash of color, along with a few more literal splashes, to the placid waters that are protected by rising peaks. Zodiacs zigged, zagged, and zoomed to expand and enhance our range of wildlife sightings. Meanwhile, a small but intrepid group of hikers braved some mud-and-moss-covered moose tracks to explore onshore. Back on the ship and underway, all this effort was rewarded with a hearty lunch and an afternoon treat, cruising out of Icy Strait to join the humpback whales in the suspiciously stalwart summer sunshine.
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