We started the morning cruising into the quaint, fishing town of Petersburg to enjoy some bike rides outside of town and hikes through the famous Southeast Alaska muskeg. After a morning of biking and appreciating muskeg plants on our hikes, we hopped back onboard to cruise around Frederick Sound. While basking in the glorious sun on the bow, we were greeted by a pod of Dall’s porpoises, curious Stellar sea lions, and dozens of humpback whales.
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.