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Photos of the Week, August 5, 2022

Per cultural specialist Daniel Odess, who's currently aboard National Geographic Resolution on our Northwest Passage: Greenland to Alaska expedition, the captain of the National Geographic Resolution described August 2 as “the best day for viewing bears he had experienced in a long career of Arctic work.” In Alaska, Naturalist Adam Ü captured his own sequence of unbelievable wildlife images: a pod of humpback whales engaged in bubble-net feeding, which he describes as “unquestionably one of the most spectacular animal behaviors anyone can witness.” Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

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Chatham Strait, Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, July 20, 2022

whales bubblenet feeding

It’s not every day you get a mouth view of a humpback whale. —Adam Ü, Naturalist


Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, July 23, 2022

sea lion riding on the back of a ship

An unexpected guest aboard National Geographic Islander. —Cindy Manning, Expedition Leader


Flatey Island, Iceland

A Circumnavigation of Iceland, July 23, 2022

puffin in flight with beak full of fish

A puffin returning home with a bill-full of capelin to feed its single puffling. The puffling will be down a burrow, awaiting food deliveries. —Conor Ryan, Undersea Specialist


Floreana Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, July 24, 2022

two flamingos and sea lion

Kayakers having a great time next to sea lions and flamingos on Floreana Island. —Ixora Berdonces, Naturalist


Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada

Northwest Passage: Greenland to Alaska, July 25, 2022

polar bear and cub

Staff and crew are always looking out for wildlife from the bridge. Late in the afternoon, we were rewarded with a mother polar bear and one cub. They rested on the ice together until the cub climbed over its mother’s back, rolled around on the snow, curled back up against mum, and generally charmed us all. —Jennifer Kingsley, National Geographic Explorer (photo by Sue Forbes)


Isafjarðardjúp, Iceland

A Circumnavigation of Iceland, July 25, 2022

whale tail

We looked for marine life and found several humpback whales shortly after leaving the dock. We had the opportunity to watch and take pictures of many individuals for a long time. Each time the whales showed their flukes in the air at the beginning of a deeper dive, cameras of all kinds captured the images as voices of all ages made all sorts of exclamations. Spending their summers busily feeding in Iceland, these humpback whales will eventually make their yearly migration south towards the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean to mate and give birth to the new generation. —Carlos Navarro, Undersea Specialist


Lake Eva, Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, July 25, 2022

National Geographic Quest at anchor

An aerial view of National Geographic Quest at anchor. The sea was calm, and the temperatures were mild for our morning walk to Lake Eva. —Sean Neilson, Naturalist


Espanola Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, July 25, 2022

galapagos hawk with ship in background

Nesting Galápagos hawk with National Geographic Islander in the background. —Jonathan Aguas, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


James Ross Strait, Nunavut, Canada

Northwest Passage: Greenland to Alaska, July 26, 2022

sunrise over ice

Along with around 30 guests onboard National Geographic Resolution, my day started as we witnessed the brilliance of the midnight Arctic sun. Guests were invited to come up to the top deck to experience the magical photographic light with National Geographic photographer Kilii Yuyan and photo instructor Michael Nolan. The images produced from this experience were phenomenal…creative angles, explosive light, and most of all, images that highlight the nature of this special place. —Tua Pittman, Cultural Specialist


Amazon Natural Park, Peru

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II, July 25, 2022

king vulture

The king vulture is the largest of the vultures, and they are respected by other species of vultures. For native people, the king vulture was considered the messenger of the gods. —Cristian Moreno, Undersea Specialist


Genovesa Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, July 29, 2022

fluffy white booby chick

A baby red-footed booby sits on its nest while waiting for its parents to come back with seafood. —Walter Perez, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II, July 29, 2022

cormorant in flight

Neotropical cormorants take short dives to catch their prey. Once caught, they make a short flight to a secure area where they can then swallow their catch. —Cristian Moreno, Undersea Specialist


Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada

Northwest Passage: Greenland to Alaska, July 31, 2022

metal sculpture of bison and wolf with ship in background

Cambridge Bay Heritage Center. —Kevin Rattue, Naturalist


Chinese Hat, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, July 29, 2022

galapagos hawk

Galápagos hawks suddenly appeared in the air. They are the most majestic birds in the islands, located at the top of the food chain. These incredible raptors became endemic to Galápagos and prefer a diet of marine iguanas and various small creatures, such as lizards, snakes, and seabirds. —Christian Saa, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Rabida Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, July 31, 2022


Flamingos interacting after a courtship display. —Ramiro Adrian, Naturalist


At Sea

Northwest Passage: Greenland to Alaska, August 2, 2022

polar bear

A young female bear, curious and fearless, stares up at guests aboard National Geographic Resolution. This was...likely a bear whose mother had recently sent it off to make its way in the world. Such bears can be trouble because they haven’t yet perfected their hunting skills and they haven’t always learned to avoid humans. She approached the ship with no hesitation, showing none of the signs of anxiety or wariness we saw in the older male bear earlier in the day. Her biggest concern seemed to be whether she would be able to board the ship to investigate those intriguing smells. —Daniel Odess, Cultural Specialist