What a glorious way to end our last day of the trip—waking up to a sunny day in Tracy Arm, packed thick with icebergs, Zodiac tours to stunning South Sawyer Glacier, Dall’s porpoises relentlessly riding our bow wave, humpback whales sending us off at sunset, and a final rousing evening round of Wildlife Jeopardy. It was a grand finish of a trip full of fantastic memories, new friends, and Alaskan adventures.
National Geographic Venture
After exploring the glaciers and open waters of the northern Inside Passage, we sailed south through the night and returned to the starting point of our journey, Baranof Island. This island, along with Admiralty to the east and Chichagof to the north, is home to one of the highest densities of brown bears in the world. To search for evidence of the bears as they begin their yearly salmon feast and continue our exploration of the temperate rainforest, we anchored in Kelp Bay to kayak and hike the shoreline throughout the morning. Later in the afternoon, we welcomed Dr. Andy Szabo of the Alaska Whale Foundation to learn more about ongoing research taking place in Alaska on the unique bubblenet feeding behavior we witnessed earlier in the trip. Only in Alaska can you experience the forest, salmon, bears, and whales all in one day.