Inian Islands, George Island

Jul 16, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

This morning National Geographic Sea Lion was in a shroud of fog as we steamed toward the Inian Islands, the area that our early activities would take place. Luckily, as we anchored our vessel, the fog lifted, visibility increased, and we had great conditions for exploring this scenic and wildlife rich area by our inflatable boats! Even though we had some light rain, the incredible wildlife we encountered made for an exciting adventure. We had humpback whales resting on the surface close by our boats, as well as Steller sea lions busily feeding out in the very strong current that this area is noted for! Many bald eagles, sea otters, tufted puffins and a variety of other birds were also enjoyed by all! During lunch we repositioned National Geographic Sea Lion just a short way to George Island where we had a variety of different activities for the afternoon, including learning about World War II history in this area of Southeast Alaska.

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Rich Kirchner

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Rich Kirchner has worked as a naturalist in Antarctica, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Baja and the High Arctic, including Svalbard, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Iceland, along with other destinations. His 33 years as a professional wildlife photographer has granted him international publication credits included in magazines such as Geo Germany, Geo France, Natural History, Audubon, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick, as well as more than a hundred books.

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