We had another day of gorgeous weather here in Southeast Alaska, with sunshine and blue skies! The morning was spent onshore at Halleck Harbor bushwhacking, hiking, tide pooling and kayaking. We really enjoyed all that Alaska has to offer today. While everyone was enjoying the land and topside of the sea, our undersea team went on a dive at the mouth of the harbor, where there were so many incredible critters to see. We sailed south through the afternoon down Chatham Strait, where our whale-scouting efforts paid off. There were so many humpback whales on the horizon, it was hard to know which direction to look. A truly remarkable day!
National Geographic Quest
Early in the morning, National Geographic Quest entered Tracy Arm and sailed up toward the Sawyer and South Sawyer Glaciers. There was a little ‘liquid sunshine,’ aka rain, and fluffy wafting clouds, which is typical Southeast Alaska weather. The fjord has tall, sheer cliff faces and lots of waterfalls that we observed today. We all hopped into our Zodiacs, and the naturalists provided interpretation in front of the Sawyer Glacier. The harbor seals seemed quite curious about our presence. We observed a few minor calving events and lots of bergy bits floating around in the inlet. After the Zodiac tours, there were briefings in the lounge until we spotted a black bear. The ship maneuvered expertly, and we watched the bear eating from the intertidal zone for quite some time. Continuing down the fjord, we saw a variety of birdlife near Holkham Bay and Stephens Passage. We finished our evening by passing by the Five Finger Lighthouse as the sun was setting.