Alaska’s Semidi Islands

Jul 17, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

As almost a bonus, our Wednesday involved venturing to a group of islands which no Lindblad-National Geographic vessel has ever visited. The Semidi Islands are a few small dots on the map of the Aleutian Islands on the Pacific side of the chain. Nestled between Kodiak and the Shumagin Islands, this small archipelago is the breeding side of a vast majority of Alaska’s seabirds. Our morning was spent Zodiac cruising amongst the raucous calls of cliff dwelling birds on Aghik Island, and for the afternoon we simply about-faced and landed on the larger island of Aghiyuk for hikes and tundra siestas. The evening was topped with a delicious dinner from the galley team and a fantastic show from the ship’s crew.

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James Hyde

Undersea Specialist

James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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