After two full days of exploring the northernmost area of our route, we turned south and cruised down Chatham Strait, in hopes of finding some whales. It was a beautiful morning and we were soon rewarded with our first views of these amazing leviathans. There were many single humpback whales feeding in Chatham Strait, along with several small groups, one that included a small calf! After enjoying these wonderful marine mammals for an hour or so, we continued southward, stopping at Kasnyku Falls, and then picking up our representative from the Alaska Whale Foundation at their headquarters in Warm Spring Bay. We continued our journey, finding more whales, and finally making an incredible after dinner stop in Red Bluff Bay, to view one last spectacular waterfall.
National Geographic Venture
It was another beautiful day in Southeast Alaska. There was a blue sky over Saook Bay as the Zodiacs were launched and everyone prepared for a morning of exploration. Several adventurous souls went on bushwhack hikes through the temperate rainforest on Baranof Island. Everyone was on the lookout for wildlife or signs that the wildlife had recently been in the area. There were also tours of the bay by Zodiac, investigating the crystal-clear water and the life below. In the afternoon, the National Geographic Venture cruised through Peril Strait. Killer whales were sighted off the port bow and everyone found a spot on the ship’s deck to watch the whales swim by. It was a fantastic end to another sunny Alaska day.