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 both curiosity and comfort in her outdoor surroundings early on. After a field ecology course in California's Channel Islands exposed her to the dynamic roles people can play in social-ecological systems, she embarked on a lifelong journey to understand her place. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from Hawaii Pacific University where she dove (literally) into coral reef research and explored the micro-scale connections within. Taking her knowledge from the research field, Chelsea has spent nearly a decade professionally communicating the big-picture implications of the 'little things' in variety of marine science and natural history topics onboard marine tour vessels around the globe.

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