A layer of low fog shrouded the waters of Petersburg, adding mystery to an otherwise sunny day in Southeast Alaska. The importance of salmon to the people of Petersburg was not lost on us, as we talked with the locals and learned about the role that salmon play in their lives. The Crystal Lake Hatchery, where Chinook and coho salmon were just about to spawn, taught us about the fascinating lifecycle of salmon and how they provide for the forest, people, and wildlife of the region. On dock walks, we looked at the various vessels in Petersburg and were invited aboard a trawler to see the catch of the day and experience the excitement of the crew. We also learned about the fishing industry and saw firsthand the processing of salmon from Tonka Seafoods, where freshly frozen salmon are prepared for delivery. When not off learning about the salmon industry, some lucky explorers were able to view a bear—one of the other Alaskan salmon consumers.
National Geographic Sea Lion
The day began in the Inian Islands with a fast-paced Zodiac ride full of wildlife sightings. Zodiacs left the National Geographic Sea Lion early and each raft got great views of Steller sea lions, sea otters, and a variety of birds. We visited and toured the Tidelines Institute with Zach Brown, its founder. The afternoon was spent at George Island—hiking, kayaking, and paddle-boarding with a grand finale Polar Plunge. After dinner, whales were spotted between the entrance to Glacier Bay and Adolphus Point.