Sitkoh Bay & Chatham Strait

Jun 21, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


Waking up to whales in the distance is always a great start to a day onboard National Geographic Quest. Bundled up on the bow, we enjoyed watching two humpback whales apparently having their breakfast before retreating indoors for our own nutritious meal to prepare for a day of exploring Sitkoh Bay. As we dropped anchor, the down jackets were swapped for lighter layers and we anxiously awaited the opportunity to hike and kayak in the rare Southeast Alaskan sunshine. From bear scat to banana slugs to Dungeness crabs taking cover in the intertidal, we discovered many of the little things that make Southeast Alaska the wild, interconnected landscape that surpasses any expectations and never disappoints!

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Chelsea Behymer

Naturalist

Raised sea kayaking, surfing, and hiking on the Central Coast of California, Chelsea established an early connection to her surroundings. After a field ecology class on the Channel Islands exposed her to the world of conservation, she never looked back. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from Hawaii Pacific University where she dove (literally) into coral reef research, which continued to fuel her fascination with the interconnectedness among and within ecosystems. Taking her knowledge from the research field, Chelsea has spent the past five years working as an onboard Naturalist in Alaska, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Patagonia and the Pacific Coast of North America engaging cruise ship passengers in marine science and natural history.

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