Dundas Bay and Chatham Strait

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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Ian Strachan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

One steady constant in Ian’s life has been the ocean. Born by the rocky shores of mid-coast Maine, his family repatriated to far north Queensland in Australia early on in his life where he became a dual-citizen and sparked his passion for exploring new environments. Living only an hour away from the Great Barrier Reef served to direct, if not focus, the exhilaration of discovery and set him on his current path. Returning to native soil for education, Ian was fascinated by altogether too many subjects, leaving him with a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Psychobiology, focusing on animal behavior and perception, and with minors in Astronomy, History, and Environmental Science.

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