We enjoyed an indescribably beautiful day of calm and sunny conditions in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve today. This is truly one of the crown jewels of the United States National Park’s system, and unless you can plan and execute a long kayaking expedition, it is an area best explored on a ship such as National Geographic Venture. The landscape here has been shaped by the advance and retreat of tidewater glaciers over millennia, and our journey today provided an outstanding opportunity to discover more about the dynamic glacial environment of this special place. Take a look at our photos, which help tell just a small part of the story of today’s experience.
National Geographic Quest
Ushk Bay and Peril Strait
National Geographic Quest arose amidst light clouds within the protected waters of Ushk Bay. This area is known for a salmon stream and yields plenty of opportunity for kayaking and exploring the vast meadows of its inner waterways. On this day’s occasion, guests were able to hike and paddle their way along the coast of Ushk Bay and witness firsthand the life cycle of Pacific salmon making their way upstream. As we transited through Peril Strait, we were lucky to see humpback whales. These immense mammals were “lunge feeding” very near our ship. Being able to witness this event was unique for guests and staff. Lunge feeding is process through which individual whales push their gaping mouths through the surface and collect any fish or planktonic invertebrates in the process. Witnessing this behavior was truly a remarkable experience for all. We will cherish this moment for a lifetime.