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  • 27 May 2022

Photos of the Week, May 27, 2022

Adam Maire, Undersea Specialist

“There are days in Southeast Alaska remembered for epic events, the kind of experiences that burn into your memory...Then there are days like this one.”

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor Jim Pfitzer's dispatch from theNational Geographic Questin Alaska's Keku Islands could easily be applied to every place we travel. This week's voyages in Norway, Polynesia, the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, and Alaska demonstrated that even the most "ordinary" days on our expeditions are full of wonder and surprise. (But there were certainly plenty of epic moments as well!)

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Inian Islands, Alaska

Treasures of the Inside Passage: Alaska and British Columbia, May 13, 2022

bald eagle

A bald eagle soars past our Zodiacs. —Shayne Sanders, Naturalist


Vistenfjorden, Norway

Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard, May 13, 2022

mountain and fjord landscape with national geographic resolution

We continued our cruise through the amazing and wonderful fjords, passing beautiful waterfalls, as we headed to the innermost point of Vistenfjorden. The sheltered location offered us a chance to put out the kayaks for our guests to enjoy, or offer another hike if anyone wished. The hikers went on a fairly steep climb to a viewpoint overlooking the bay and the ship, including crossing over a beautiful suspension bridge. The hike took them through a pristine landscape with waterfalls and streams, dense forest and open meadows, and as always, the impressively steep mountains of the fjord landscape. —Anne Hedlund, Naturalist/Expedition Diver (photo by Carl Erik Kilander)


Lyngen Alps, Norway

Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard, May 17, 2022

guests in zodiac heading toward ship

Returning from our Zodiac ride to our temporary home sweet home. —Kerstin Langenberger, Naturalist


Inian Islands, Alaska

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii, May 18, 2022

sea lion next to zodiac

Steller sea lions (especially young ones like this little buddy) are just like puppies when they get in the water. They’re curious, playful, and sometimes a bit bolder than you’d expect. While the adults lounged on the rock behind the Zodiac, the young ones got out all their pent-up energy. They even decided to come say hello to our Zodiacs this morning. So fun to have personal interactions with the world’s largest sea lion! —Kim Nesbitt, Naturalist/Expedition Diver


Kasnyku Falls, Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, May 19, 2022

humpback whales

We’ve had an extraordinary few days on National Geographic Quest. This morning was meant to be a calm cruise as we made our way towards our afternoon anchorage. A chance for us to rest and perhaps revive some of our serotonin levels. Unfortunately, our guests were subjected to yet more unbelievable wildlife before breakfast was even completed. Captain Lyon described what looked like cooperative feeding by humpbacks ten miles in front of the ship’s position. Guests, staff, and crew lined the bow with our binoculars and spotting scopes glued to the water. We spotted a multitude of spouts in the distance and confirmed no less than ten humpback whales. As we approached, guests were notified that perhaps it would be worthwhile to leave breakfast for later. What followed was an unbelievable display for all. Working as a team, twelve humpback whales engaged in bubble-net feeding. The whales surfaced seven times. At many points, the entire bow erupted in applause. Undersea specialist Amy Malkoski and expedition diver Luke Manson deployed the ship’s hydrophone so we could hear the singing whales as they hunted. It was a truly unbelievable start to the day. —Luke Manson, Naturalist


Tahanea Atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia

Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas, May 19, 2022

atoll fruit dove

We were lucky to see the atoll fruit dove. —Adam Maire, Undersea Specialist


Amazon Natural Park, Peru

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II, May 20, 2022

amazon tree snake

This Amazon tree snake was a very colorful find along the trail at the Amazon Natural Park. —Linda M. Burback, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Bjornsund, Norway

Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard, May 21, 2022

killer whale

Killer whale surfaces close to the ship, displaying the white eye patch. — Michael Nolan, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Genovesa Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, May 21, 2022

red-footed booby

Red-footed booby looking interested in the camera at sunset on Prince Philip’s Steps. —Paola Luque, Naturalist


Væroy, Norway

Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard, May 24, 2022

national geographic endurance from above

A view of Væroy from 1200 feet with National Geographic Endurance below. —Ezra Siegel, Naturalist