Tracy Arm

Jun 10, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

At 4 a.m., the sun was rising in Alaska. As guests on the National Geographic Sea Bird woke up and got out of their cabins, they experienced a new and magical landscape where icebergs floated just outside their windows as we cruised toward Tracy Arm to admire Sawyer Glacier.

It was pup season in Alaska and many female seals were gathering in the safety of the glacier ice to give birth and nurse their pups for the next six weeks. As we cruised toward the glacier in expedition landing craft, we spotted many adorable seal pups with their mothers.

In the afternoon, 19 brave guests dove into the icy-cold, iceberg-filled waters of Alaska right in front of South Sawyer Glacier to take part in our Polar Plunge tradition! Right after the plunge, we started sailing to our new destination—but stopped after just a few minutes when a naturalist spotted a beautiful black bear at the edge of the fjord. The bear was focused on looking for barnacles and mussels to eat, and we admired its beauty from the ship. It was a truly magical first day in Alaska, full of adventure and beautiful memories!

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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