Queen Charlotte City

Sep 03, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Today our day in Queen Charlotte City was filled with a variety of interesting activities to enjoy. Some chose to spend their morning on a guided walk in the lush forest learning about native uses for medicinal plants. Others went on an adventure to Jungle Beach, taking a chance to explore the deeply expansive low tide. They were able to observe exposed anemones, crabs, cockles, clams, oysters and more. In the afternoon, some of us took advantage of an opportunity to explore the town while others decided to work alongside local artists to weave red cedar bracelets. The expedition dive team was also out during the afternoon, gathering video footage of the marine environment near the ship. The tide was rising quickly, bringing in a rich abundance of nutrients to feed this healthy environment. It was a wonderful day off the ship in Queen Charlotte City that we celebrated over a lovely dinner on National Geographic Sea Lion.

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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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Ashley Karitis

Video Chronicler

Ashley was raised in Central Oregon where she spent her childhood ski racing, riding horses, playing classical piano, and working summer jobs on a dude ranch. She then attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning degrees in cinema-television, history, and international relations. Although immersed in the studies of narrative filmmaking, she gravitated toward the process, deeper on-camera conversations, and scientific and human themes explored in documentary production.

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