The day was full of adventure for everyone onboard National Geographic Quest. The morning began with Zodiac tours into the wild waters around the Inian Islands. There were feeding Steller sea lions all around the Zodiacs and bald eagles swooping down to catch fish as they passed by. In the afternoon, people explored George Island on several different hiking trails and along the shoreline. As the day wrapped up, the bravest among us took a dip in the tepid ocean.
National Geographic Quest
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.