George Island and Inian Islands

Jul 22, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


A thick layer of fog dispersed to reveal blue skies and the snowcapped peaks of the Fairweather Mountain Range, towering over George Island. Lower tides provided excellent tide pooling opportunities, the highlight being a great Pacific octopus that slid along the kelp-covered rocks foraging. The complete visit included treks to a WWII-era emplacement and a ride on a swing overlooking the bay. The sun continued to beam down on lucky explorers at Inian Islands. Sea otters rolled in kelp beds, sea lions leapt around our boats, and a humpback whale graced us with a fluke in front of the mountains, while bald eagles perched in the Sitka spruce lining the shore.

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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 Geographic.com, 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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