Dundas Bay, Glacier Bay Alaska

Jul 15, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Our day was spent exploring Dundas Bay, a secluded portion of Glacier Bay National Park. Everyone took turns exploring the bay by Zodiac or hike, and some even kayaked! This stunning bay was absolutely filled with life, both flora and fauna. The Zodiacs allowed us to get a closer view of otters, harbor seals, harbor porpoises, and more birds than we could count.

Hiking in Dundas Bay gives one the sense of going on an adventure to a place where it is very possible no other human has travelled. There are no groomed trails to be found in this wilderness, so exploring the coast and old growth forest requires the mind of a pioneer on the quest for discovery. Clues to the inhabitants of this ecosystem are all around, if you know how to find them.

After thoroughly exploring the bay, we motored over to the small town of Gustavus to bring aboard a very special guest! Kim Heacox, a true Alaskan and accomplished author, joined us for an evening of storytelling and song.

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Rachel Crane

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Rachel is a Marine Ecologist, Master Scuba Instructor, and USCG 100-ton licensed Captain. She grew up homeschooled on an alpaca farm in Upstate NY, where her passion for the outdoors was initially cultivated. After attending a marine science summer camp in her teenage years, she fell in love with the ocean, and went on to earn degrees in Ecology and Marine Biology at Unity College in Maine. She spent time in Florida at MOTE Marine Laboratory researching coral disease ecology but found herself drawn into Eco Tourism as a way to more directly be involved in educating the public about our marine resources. Working with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic has provided her the perfect balance between exploring, science, oceans, and mountains, while seamlessly allowing her to share her knowledge and passions in a meaningful and fulfilling way. She is often as excited, and smiling as widely, as those experiencing expeditions for the first time!

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