Inian & George Islands

Jul 09, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Today we made our way through the Icy Strait to the Inian Islands, watching as five humpbacks greeted our ship good morning in the light of dawn, and stretching out into the Pacific. Our expedition landing crafts carried guests to sea lion haul-outs, where these magnificent and noisy beasts of the ocean gathered around our boats with curiosity, playing and sparring with each other as the echoes of their throaty barks echoed through the channel. Dominant bulls and pups alike leapt off rocks to the snapping shutters of our avid photographers on board.

Further along, we watched the spouts and flukes of humpbacks along the shore and used binoculars to count more than two dozen bald eagles perched in the Sitka spruce lining the rocky coves. In the afternoon, we landed at nearby George Island to kayak, tidepool, and hike through the Tongass National Forest. Hikes ended with picture-postcard views from a WWII installation of a cannon pointing toward Cape Spencer, with expansive vistas afforded in every direction, including Brady Glacier.

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Michelle  Theall

Michelle Theall

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Michelle Theall started her career as a photographer and travel writer over two decades ago and currently enjoys working as a senior editor and photographer for Alaska magazine covering the flora and fauna of the state. Beyond Alaska, Theall teaches photography across the globe with specialization in Arctic regions and Africa. Her award-winning work has been published in National, Sierra magazine, Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, and in other titles across the globe, and she is represented by several stock agencies. She’s been featured in Oprah magazine and Health, and has appeared on Today, Fox Sports Network, and the Travel Channel.

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Dexter Sear

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Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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