Such a lovely day it was for our various activities! In Petersburg we enjoyed Zodiac rides around the harbor, exploring fleets of fishing vessels and flocks of fishing birds. Cycle enthusiasts pedaled their way across town to explore a sandy beach and examine a wild muskeg. After lunch, hikes made their way amongst the miniature and magnificent elements of the temperate rainforest along Cascade Creek. Rain did not dampen the spirits of those who truly love this wilderness.
National Geographic Quest
Ushk Bay and Peril Strait
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.