We spent our first morning onboard National Geographic Venture getting to know the ship, cruising Peril Strait while looking for wildlife, and familiarizing ourselves with all the safety practices and exploration tools we will be using as we explore Southeast Alaska together.

In the afternoon, we anchored in Sitkoh Bay to kayak and explore the forest. During our transit through Sitkoh Bay, we observed several coastal brown bears foraging in the intertidal zone. As we sat down to dinner, we were interrupted almost immediately by sightings of killer whales! It was a great first day, and everyone is excited to continue exploring this beautiful, wild place.