Elfin Cove and Inian Islands

Sep 10, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


We spent the day near the northern end of Chichagof Island, where Inside Passage waters meet the Gulf of Alaska. We visited Elfin Cove, a tiny year-round community perched on the rocky fringes of a cozy little harbor. Later we boarded Zodiacs to look for marine life in the rich and productive waters nearby, and we found sea otters, sea lions, humpback whales and seabirds.

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Berit Solstad

Naturalist

Berit grew up on the rocky shores of Marblehead, Massachusetts. In the tidal cove behind her family’s home she found horseshoe crabs, eels, and feeding frenzies of fishes and birds. Low tides exposed clam flats, crabs, mussels, and snails. She explored this marine environment through changing tides and seasons, nurturing a love of natural history and marine biology.

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