Meynypilgino, Chukotka

Jul 07, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

After a peaceful night’s rest and dreams of the after-dinner gray whales from the previous day, we awoke to a beautiful breakfast followed by an impromptu call to the ship's outer decks. National Geographic Orion’s team had spotted some Walrus bobbing in the waves. The animals were unafraid and seemed just to slowly cross our bow as guest’s cameras shuttered and clicked. Soon after, we anchored off the town of Meynypilgino, and Zodiacs deployed to get us ashore. Many opted for riding into town to visit the locals and observe life in the village of Chukchi. Others elected to cruise the shores in search of wildlife. Neither were disappointed. Weighing anchor after lunch we spent the morning at sea watching gray whales pass and the Chukotka Peninsula slip by as we headed northeast towards our final stop in Russia, Provideniya.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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