Cruising & Sitkoh Bay

Aug 26, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


We were woke slightly earlier than planned this morning but could tell by the excitement in the voice of our expedition leader Cindy Manning that it was something worth getting up for. A group between eight to ten humpback whales were bubble-net feeding right off our bow! After watching the whales go through several rounds of bursting through the sea surface, it was time for both them, and us, to make our way to enjoy the rest of our day. For us, it was seeking shelter from an approaching storm. For the whales, who knows where, who knows when? But we hope we’ll meet again some sunny day.

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About the Author

Gail Ashton

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

With a bachelor’s degree from Wales and a Ph.D. from Scotland, Gail has used her skills in marine biology to pursue her passion: investigating marine biodiversity all over the world. As a research scientist based in San Francisco, she has led projects in coastal marine communities from Alaska to Panama. A cold-water diver at heart, Gail jumped at the opportunity to lead a research project on the impacts of climate change that involved spending two years diving under the ice in Antarctica. Other projects have taken her to Florida, Guam and Indonesia.

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