LeConte Glacier has an uncanny ability to produce larger than life icebergs in every shade of blue the eye can see. This morning we took to Zodiacs to get a closer look at these towering behemoths and test out our newly acquired photography skills. Often called the iceberg museum, LeConte Bay did not disappoint us with its countless bergs and active sea life. From there we popped across the way to Petersburg, the town that salmon built. We spent the afternoon exploring the muskeg, biking the beaches, and cruising with the salmon boats. While in town, we bought a feast of locally caught Dungeness crabs, and proceeded to have a delicious (albeit messy) dinner.
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.