South Sawyer Glacier, Alaska

Jun 21, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion


Intro: Today was the last full day of our incredible expedition from Sitka to Juneau. We have seen brown bear mothers with her cubs, wild salmon, colorful wildflowers, humpback whales bubble net feeding and more. This morning we completed our journey by spending the day with ice, the one thing it had been missing. National Geographic Sea Lion entered Tracy Arm while most of us were sleeping, so we woke to the view of scenic fjords with small chunks of ice floating past our cabin windows. Then in the afternoon, we had the opportunity to do the polar plunge, jumping off a Zodiac into the brisk Alaskan water and quickly swim the fjord. Energy was high and the swim got the whole ship excited! By the evening, we knew it was time to start planning our departure. Our time spent in Alaska was filled with fortunate moments. I believe we will all begin planning our next trip soon enough.

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Christine West

Undersea Specialist

Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

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