Lake Eva and Chatham Strait

Jun 14, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion


Southeast Alaska offered up the grand finale of wildlife experiences today. We found brown bears on the shore, grazing on the shoreline and hiding in the grass. Sitka black-tailed deer peer at us from the edge of the forest. Sockeye salmon started their run up the stream to Lake Eva, attracting bald eagles, fishermen, and brown bears. We cruised the shores of Baranof Island and hiked the mossy trails in old growth forest. Polar plungers splashed into icy, green waters. Bubblenetting humpback whales showed up, as if on cue, with their gaping mouths and coordinated efforts to engulf herring and capelin. More whales and more bears to follow; we just couldn’t get enough!

Southeast Alaska is an all-encompassing experience. Sounds of bird song relaxes our mind. The smell of earth and moss calms our senses. Mountains draw our view outwards and upwards.

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Emily Pickering

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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