Petersburg, Alaska
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 10 May 2022

Petersburg, Alaska, 5/10/2022, National Geographic Sea Lion

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National Geographic Sea Lion made its way into Petersburg today. This Scandinavian-inspired town was born from one simple idea: a settlement near fishing waters and readily available ice must be worth a pretty penny! Peter Bushman came up with this idea in the early 1900s and found the perfect spot. Right in the heart of one of the world’s most productive fisheries and close to LeConte Glacier, Peter and his crew could fish the rich waters and then put the product on ice, ready for shipping to Seattle. Our guests spent the day exploring Petersburg on bikes or walking in the Alaskan bog nearby, known as a muskeg, a peat bog with high acidity and low nutrients. This section of the forest has led to some interesting adaptations such as shortened growth and even carnivorous plants. What a special day!

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