Pavlov Harbor & Chatham Strait

Jul 05, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


The day dawned warm and cloudless, aside from the morning mist that hung over the mountains surrounding Chatham Strait, as we made our way to Pavlof Harbor. Even before the morning announcement at 6:55 a.m., whales were spotted near the ship as they gorged themselves on an early breakfast of forage fish and phytoplankton. After anchoring in Freshwater Bay, guests enjoyed their first activities off the ship, then ventured out into bigger water after lunch. More active humpback whales in the strait derailed our plans for an afternoon of hiking and instead, we spent the rest of the day onboard with new and old friends and family, watching the abundant marine wildlife and learning why Southeast Alaska is such a wonderful place to visit.

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John Pachuta

Naturalist

John has been interested in travelling, what can be learned from it and sharing it with others, since his days as a youth growing up in rural Ohio. A graduate of Marietta College, his first SCUBA diving course in 1980 introduced him to the underwater world, and he’s been passionate about exploring it ever since. This yearning has taken him to spectacular dive sites the world over, with extensive underwater time logged in Hawaii, the Bahamas, Thailand, Greece and Mexico.

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Mark Coger

Video Chronicler

Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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