Kelp Bay

May 24, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

At the Northeast corner of Baranof Island is a small inlet with several fingers called Kelp Bay. It was here that humpback whales greeted National Geographic Quest, and where we dropped anchor for a round of morning activities. Long walks off trail, short beach strolls, and exploratory kayaking took up the bulk of the morning. Much wildlife fills the shores of Kelp Bay, and many of us were treated to views of mink and bear while bald eagles pinwheeled overhead. The afternoon saw a polar plunge take place! A fantastic tradition where the brave and perhaps foolhardy leap into the chilly waters of Southeast Alaska, if only for a moment. After lunch we saw a special presentation by one of our video chroniclers on his side project, made possible by contributions from the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund. To top it all off, we were escorted around Chatham Strait by humpback whales throughout that evening.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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