Alert Bay and Cruising

Sep 09, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


We were very privileged to spend the morning in Alert Bay, home to the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations people. We were able to spend time learning about the history of the Kwakwaka’wakw territory and traditions in Umista’s cultural center and museum. We then filled their big house with people and watched as many Kwakwaka’wakw people wearing their traditional regalia danced and sang their stories for us. Afternoon cruising through Blackfish Sound we found humpbacks and southern resident killer whales. For the evening recap and dinner, we switched things up by having hospitality staff recap on crew life on National Geographic Quest while the field staff served dinner.

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Amy Malkoski

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Amy was raised near Cape Cod in coastal Marion, Massachusetts, and her relationship with the ocean and nature has always been an active one. Her parents, avid divers and marine biologists, introduced her to the underwater world when she was very young and she grew up participating in as many water-related activities as possible. Amy spent her summers sailing and exploring intertidal areas of Buzzards Bay. At age 12 she became a certified diver and is now a divemaster with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). In high school her passion for nature and art developed into a love of photography, using the medium to share her explorations with others. 

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