On Friday morning National Geographic Sea Lion found herself in the beautiful and protected cove of Port Althorpe. This bay is notoriously calm, often allowing for perhaps our most weather dependent activity; kayaking. Today was no different, so guests were given the difficult choice between water sports and intrepid bush-whacking hikes. The afternoon led the ship to the Inian Islands, an outcropping of islands which border the open ocean. Because the tide rushes in and out of these islands so heavily, the wildlife is a spectacle to be seen. Expedition landing craft cruises here did not disappoint, with many species of furry and feathery friends.