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 a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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