Anacapa & Santa Cruz Islands, California

Dec 08, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

From sunrise to sunset, all onboard National Geographic Venture experienced an incredible introduction to the natural history and unique biodiversity of California’s Channel Islands! From the rugged, narrow basalt ridgeline of Anacapa to the vast rolling hills of Santa Cruz, we sailed west to explore more of this fantastic landscape. Although within sight of the bustling metropolitan Los Angeles coastline, it seems a world away and is home to plants, animals and geological features found nowhere else on the planet.

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Chelsea Behymer


Raised sea kayaking, surfing, and hiking on the Central Coast of California, Chelsea established an early connection to her surroundings. After a field ecology class on the Channel Islands exposed her to the world of conservation, she never looked back. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from Hawaii Pacific University where she dove (literally) into coral reef research, which continued to fuel her fascination with the interconnectedness among and within ecosystems. Taking her knowledge from the research field, Chelsea has spent the past five years working as an onboard Naturalist in Alaska, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Patagonia and the Pacific Coast of North America engaging cruise ship passengers in marine science and natural history.

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