George Island and the Inian Islands

Jun 27, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion


Today was easily one of the very best days of our seven-day expedition on National Geographic Sea Lion. It was filled with challenge and excitement, beauty and inspiration. It was the reason why exploration is irresistible. And it was the reason we must all strive to experience Alaska. We started our day exploring George Island, some enjoying short hikes in lush forest, others getting lost in the wild mosses and flowers on a longer bushwhacking adventure. We then moved our ship into the Inian Islands, an exquisite area frequented by diverse life such as Steller sea lions, sea otters and bald eagles searching for nourishment. Our experiences in the Inian Islands were raw and unexpected. We watched and listened in awe, but the stories will never compare to being truly present in those indescribable moments of pure wild.

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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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Dave Katz

Video Chronicler

As a family growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, free time was spent in the outdoors. Dave’s mother, an earth science and biology teacher turned weekend hikes into informative lessons. The beautiful gorges, lakes and forests made a lasting impression.

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