A storm with very strong winds was expected to reach Haida Gwaii, so we decided to change course. We sailed east across Hecate Strait and found refuge around Princess Royal Island. In true expedition style, we had a wonderful opportunity to explore this area in more depth. We stopped at Butedale, was long-time small village supporting a cannery. Along the way, we saw multiple humpback whales exhibiting behaviors such as tail slapping. Elsie, our cultural interpreter, gave us a great singing performance and continued to enlighten us about the Haida way of life. She told interesting stories that have been passed down for generations. We had a chance to kayak, cruise by expedition landing craft, and take photo tours in Goat Cove, a secluded area with beautiful waterfalls, ochre sea stars, marine mammals, and old-growth forest. In the evening, the photo team held a photo critique and feedback session for guests.
National Geographic Sea Bird
In the spirit of exploration, National Geographic Sea Bird pulled into Jackson Passage, a beautiful spot in British Columbia, to view whales and invertebrates from expedition landing crafts and kayaks. In the afternoon, thanks to rough seas and the motion of the ocean, we were all well reminded we were on a boat. A highlight of the day: diving in a new place and finding some beautiful—albeit small—hidden gems, right underneath the kayakers.