Inside Passage & Grindall Island State Park

Aug 01, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Life aboard National Geographic Sea Bird was filled with smiles and excitement starting early in the morning. Every day of our expedition has been filled with good fortune and this day did not disappoint. We awoke to a pod of killer whales right outside our ship, cruising along beside us. Then, before brunch, we spent time observing a Steller sea lion haul-out, a large group of sea lions resting together on a rock surrounded by sea water. The sights and the sounds filled our senses and inspired us to explore and see more. In the afternoon, some of us went hiking deep into the forest to enjoy the canopy of spruce, pine, and cedar. Others cruised on small boats to observe bald eagles, jellyfish, sea lions, and even a humpback whale. With gratitude, we ended the day with a warm, gourmet meal and new friends. It was another outstanding day in Alaska.

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Christine West

Undersea Specialist

Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

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