We spent an incredible day exploring the area of SGang Gwaay in the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. It was a day that many have looked forward to for most of the expedition, and we were excited to explore this area and learn from the Haida watchmen who care for this special place. Groups split up throughout the day to visit important sites both on land and on the water.
National Geographic Quest
We awoke before breakfast to enjoy the sights of humpback whales diving and feeding at the mouth of Saginaw Bay. Fresh coffee was brewing as a young calf kept alongside its mother as she rested between breaths. A playful sea otter seemed to want to play with the calf while the mother skirted her child away. Harbor seals lay on rocks nearby, looking on with curiosity, as the National Geographic Quest sailed past. Kelp forests floated near shore harboring a striking diversity of invertebrates and algae. While our dive boat went out to collect footage to share, our guests explored a section of Skanax Bay known as Halleck Harbor. Kayaks and paddleboards scattered themselves around the bay to allow our guests to get up close and personal with the intertidal life of Southeast Alaska. Meanwhile, several guests embarked on a bushwhack across Kuiu Island, eventually meeting up with the rest of beach party.