Tracy Arm and South Sawyer Glacier

May 31, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

A dramatic conclusion to a week-long epic in Southeast Alaska came today when National Geographic Quest visited Tracy Arm and South Sawyer Glacier. One of the most active tide water glaciers in the United States, South Sawyer is an incredibly impressive sight. Being in the immediate presence of this glacier over extended zodiac rides and learning of its history and functioning through glaciology lectures put on by our staff were both immensely moving experiences.

Afterwards we cruise out of the fjord and watched as whales spouted and bears scavenged the shore for morsels. The evening wrapped up with a guest slideshow and Wildlife Jeopardy.

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James Hyde


James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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