Green Inlet & Queen Charlotte Sound

Andrew Peacock, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 08 Sep 2019

Green Inlet & Queen Charlotte Sound, 9/8/2019, National Geographic Quest

  • Aboard the National Geographic Quest
  • Alaska

Morning mist reveals a broadly tiered waterfall, and early risers are rewarded with a brief observation of two black bears at the edges of the cascade. Ethereal mist persists as we venture into Green Inlet for a paddle and Zodiac cruise in these placid waters. Reflections of cedar paint the still coves, and the chatter of a kingfisher brings our attention back to the boughs draped in dew. In the afternoon, Chief Mate Sean Kummer spies a peculiar creature drifting at the ocean’s surface. Expedition diver Amy Malkoski quickly identifies it as a Mola mola, or ocean sunfish. It’s fair to say that it’s unusual to see this fish in these waters, yet over the next hour of cruising two more are spotted! A breaching humpback whale rounds out our afternoon of wildlife encounters.

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