Petersburg, Southeast Alaska
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 24 Jun 2021

Petersburg, Southeast Alaska, 6/24/2021, National Geographic Quest

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The National Geographic Quest spent the day exploring the area around Petersburg, a Norwegian fishing village. Morning activities included short and medium walks through the muskeg, a bog with some unique plants including dwarf shore pine trees, the only pine tree that grows in Alaska, and carnivorous sundew plants. Two deer greeted us when we arrived at the dock. A longer bog walk was offered during the afternoon.

There were three rounds of guided Zodiac tours and bike rides offered during the morning and afternoon. The bike rides covered 5.5 miles roundtrip through town and along the coast with a short stop at Sandy Beach for photos. The Zodiac tours explored the harbor and the difference between the types of fishing boats.

The Global Explorers participated in a plankton tow. They collected a sample of water from 30 feet deep, looked at it under a microscope, and found thousands of invertebrates, which we saw at the evening recap.

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