Clear skies greeted us this morning as National Geographic Venture navigated north in Chatham Strait. Dr. Andy Szabo from the Alaska Whale Foundation came aboard after breakfast to explain his research on humpback whales and the cooperative bubble-net feeding technique they use to trap herring. Just as he completed his presentation in the lounge, staff on the bow spotted a group of whales doing exactly that!
National Geographic Quest
Our sail into Petersburg this morning was spent enjoying the beautiful sunshine on the bow. Sea lions piled high on the channel markers. Gulls—mew, Bonaparte, and glaucous-winged— greeted us. Petersburg was established in 1890, when a Norwegian entrepreneur named Peter Bushman came to the area and had the brilliant idea to pack the fish he caught on glacial ice calved off the LeConte Glacier for shipping to people in the lower 48. Across the waterway from Petersburg, Kupernof Island is home to a bog ecosystem called a muskeg. There are many unique things found here, including the sundew, a carnivorous plant. Today, mountain hikes, muskeg walks, harbor tours by Zodiac, and biking around Mitkof Island allowed us to experience all that Petersburg has to offer, while admiring its small town charm.