Inian Islands

Jul 25, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


Alaska’s Inside Passage is defined by snaking fjords, clustered islands, and protected waters which we have spent our first four days exploring. Today, however, we took the opportunity to get our first glimpse at the open Pacific Ocean to see what types of wildlife we could find.

George Island and the Inian Islands are located at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Inside Passage, meaning that the incoming tide brings rushing water, bountiful nutrients, and hungry wildlife with it. Early in the morning we landed on George Island to explore the temperate rainforest, as well as the marine kelp forests by kayak, and stand-up paddleboards. We later boarded our Zodiacs to explore the shorelines of the Inians. Among the highlights of the day were up-close views of humpback whales, a rare sighting of a peregrine falcon, and hordes of Steller sea lions.

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Alex Krowiak

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

A childhood surrounded by the woods and streams of Pennsylvania initially sparked Alex’s curiosity about nature. That curiosity eventually led him to pursue degrees in biology and environmental studies at Boston College. During his time there he conducted research on carnivorous plants in Iceland and kelp forests in South Africa. Together these diverse experiences provided him with the background and passion to become a teacher. 

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