The day started with the National Geographic Venture docking in Petersburg, Alaska. Everyone disembarked the ship for different adventures for the day. Some explored the shoreline by bike while others hiked through a local muskeg. As the ship repositioned, we all enjoyed a delicious lunch. After lunch, we launched Zodiacs and cruised among icebergs calved off Le Conte Glacier. The bright blue of the ice was as stunning as the shapes formed by the melting ice.
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.