Daily Expedition Reports
Chatham Strait & Kelp Bay
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 25 Jul 2019

Chatham Strait & Kelp Bay

  • Aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird
  • Alaska

The first day of our expedition was filled to the brim with excitement and wildlife. This morning, even before 6 a.m., National Geographic Sea Bird was surrounded by humpback whales traveling alone and in pairs. What an amazing experience to wake up, take one step outside your warm cabin, and find a humpback whale swimming just a few hundred feet from your door. In the afternoon, we went out into the mist to hike and kayak in Kelp Bay and the Tongass National Forest. We encountered beautiful flowers for our eyes to feast on as well as fresh wild blueberries and salmon berries to taste. While in Kelp Bay, the Undersea team explored below the waves to gather video and images of the vibrant marine life in Kelp Bay. Finally, just as we gathered in the lounge to recap our first day’s fortune, we spotted a group of killer whales right outside the windows. It was an unforgettable beginning to our expedition in Southeast Alaska.

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