Jul 10, 2019 - National Geographic Venture
We woke up early in the morning navigating north on Chatham Strait, enjoying a mountaineer’s delight with landscape of different elevations. Along the way we had calm waters and a clear morning sky. Surrounding us were puffy white blows from humpbacks and a few occasional fun splashes from Dall’s dolphins.
We headed to Baranof Island, to the Alaska Whale Research Station and picked up resident scientist and speaker Dr. Andy Szabo. All our guests were very interested to know about bubble-netting, a fishing technique done by humpback whales. Dr. Szabo invited our guests to become citizen-scientists by taking high-resolution pictures of the inner part of whale flukes and save them on an assigned folder for the future identification and continuous monitoring of these impressive individuals. We then had another interesting and informative presentation from our naturalist Steve Bakus, who discussed the bears found in Southeast Alaska.
We reached Lake Eva on the next portion of our day’s journey. We started our activities with an array of options tailored to our guests’ interest. Those who opted for a hike were rewarded with a small waterfall, bald eagles, kingfishers and the long-awaited salmon jumping out of the water, as their parents had. Guests who went kayaking along the shoreline had great wildlife spotting opportunities. This day was particularly special because it was the lowest tide of the day, allowing for further exploration of the shoreline and observing all kinds of intertidal life like sea stars, barnacles, clams, and algae.
This was a fun filled day at its best in Southeast Alaska. We continue our navigation eager for what is yet to come.
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