Dawes Glacier & Holkham Bay

Aug 07, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Tracy Arm Wilderness encompasses two large fjords known as arms. Today, we had the pleasure of exploring Endicott Arm. Icebergs, cascading water, wildlife, scenery, and a glacier made our adventures exquisite. The Dawes Glacier is three quarters of a mile wide at its face and 250 feet tall from the water’s edge. Our expedition vessels launched early this morning for a chance to travel through the floating ice and view the magnificent glacial face. Evidence of glaciation littered the fjord and increased the closer we journeyed to the face. Several calving events occurred throughout the morning, ensuring every guest had a view of the falling ice. Harbor seal mothers and their pups looked at us curiously as we kept a safe distance from the towers of ice. After our morning expedition landing craft cruises, we ventured out of Endicott Arm and explored Holkham Bay. Numerous birds and whales accompanied us for the remainder of our time in the Tracy Arm region.

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Nick Brown


Born and raised on the edge of the Mojave Desert, Nick was accustomed to hot dry days, far from the ocean. Everything changed when he attended California State University Monterey Bay, a short 1.5 miles from the beaches of Central California. This is where Nick’s passion for the water developed and completely engulfed his life. He quickly changed his concentration in college to Marine Science, allowing him to further dive into the underwater world.

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