Lake Eva & Cruising Chatham Strait

Aug 21, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

“Exceeding expectations” is the understatement of the week. Whether it is the weather, the landscape, or the wildlife, Alaska has been astounding guests time and time again. This morning, we woke up in Peril Strait, on our way to anchor in Hanus Bay on Baranof Island. Here, guests hiked along the length of Eva Stream to Lake Eva, looking at pink, chum, and sockeye salmon while others kayaked in Hanus Bay – some even got a glimpse at another mother brown bear and her cub before they dashed back into the forest!

With the rain arriving right as National Geographic Quest departed the area, we settled in for a relaxing afternoon cruising down Chatham Strait. Nature had other ideas, however, as a group of 12 North Pacific humpback whales were spotted bubble-net feeding just after lunch. Once the whales had had their fill, Director Andy Szabo of the Alaska Whale Foundation came onboard to present the foundation’s research and involvement with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. No one will go to bed disappointed this evening!

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JIll Niederberger


Jill is an aquatic biologist, naturalist, divemaster, and captain with a love for everything living in and depending on water. Whether sailing catamarans, leading snorkeling tours, or assisting with cetacean field research projects, she enjoys connecting others to the wilderness around them. Her most recent adventures have led her into a focus on marine mammals – those creatures with fur and blubber that defy the odds by living in or depending on an environment in which they cannot breathe.

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