May 23, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Sailing south through Wrangell Narrows brought us to the small fishing town of Petersburg, Alaska. The town was first established in the 1890s when a Norwegian entrepreneur named Peter Bushman came to the area seeing then the potential its location. Petersburg sits near excellent fishing grounds as well as the Le Conte glacier, one whose many icebergs were once used to pack the fish on to send them down to the lower 48 states before ship trade. After establishing a cannery and saltery on Mitkof Island the area quickly became settled, earning the title “The town that fish built.” During our visit we were able to walk the fishing docks, venture across the narrows to the Kupreanof Island to walk through the muskeg and explore the town’s local shops on foot and through photography.

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Amy Malkoski

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Amy was raised near Cape Cod in coastal Marion, Massachusetts, and her relationship with the ocean and nature has always been an active one. Her parents, avid divers and marine biologists, introduced her to the underwater world when she was very young and she grew up participating in as many water-related activities as possible. Amy spent her summers sailing and exploring intertidal areas of Buzzards Bay. At age 12 she became a certified diver and is now a divemaster with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). In high school her passion for nature and art developed into a love of photography, using the medium to share her explorations with others. 

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Julio Rodriguez

Video Chronicler

Born and raised in Ecuador, the son of Spanish and American parents, Julio developed a passion for storytelling and environmental conservation at an early age. After majoring in History at Carleton College (Minnesota), with a thesis on the Basque anti-Franco movement, he taught English in Spain and made short promotional films for an energy efficiency company in India and two environmental conservation NGOs in Greece and Galapagos. 

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