Inian Islands

Aug 25, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Holy cannoli, what an amazing start to our two-week voyage! This morning inside of Icy Strait Captain Nettles sighted the blows of several humpback whales. The whales turned out to be a group of cooperative bubble-net feeding humpbacks, the gold star for finding whales in Southeast Alaska. We used our hull-mounted hydrophone and heard a faint feeding call moments before the whales broke the water’s surface in unison as they fed on helpless and hapless herring. The visual spectacle combined with the audio supplement made for a delectable start. For the afternoon our expedition watercraft were our vehicle of exploration. The Inian Islands did not disappoint as we found sea otters, Steller sea lions, a plethora of sea birds and magnificent Rapunzel-like fronds of bull kelp. All of this with calm seas and skies that could hold their water. A great start to our voyage that will take us from Southeast Alaska to, ultimately, Seattle, Washington.

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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