Petersburg, Alaska

Aug 28, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Today we had the great fortune of spending a full day in Petersburg, Alaska. National Geographic Sea Lion arrived early in the morning under a bed of clouds and mist at an extreme low tide. The exposed rocks and slopes surrounding the ship dock were covered in kelp and Pacific blue mussels. Before lunch some of us chose to cross join a naturalist-led muskeg tour. The morning dew enriched the surroundings highlighting the little things like water dripping from small berries and spider webs among the extraordinary muskeg-adapted plants and trees.

In addition to hiking, many chose to take part in a guided walk around the fishing boat docks of Petersburg, learning about the different types of fishing methods used locally while immersed in a working fishing town. While on the walk around the docks, we were able to look directly below our feet and observe the marine life that has attached itself to the wooden pilings and piers themselves. By the end of the day, the sun was out, spirits were high and we had all explored and seen new things. We finished the day with a fresh Dungeness crab feast and a sunset that filled the sky with bursting orange and red. Humpback whales joined us off the bow to watch the evening end. It’s hard to imagine a more outstanding day of expedition in Southeast 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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