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Photos of the Week, September 2, 2022

This week, our field staff sent dazzling close-ups of some of the biggest animals we encounter, on land and on sea. In Alaska and the Arctic, brown bears and polar bears were the stars of the week on land, and guests spotted numerous humpback whales in the water. And in the Galápagos, a visit to Santa Cruz Island yielded photos of the islands' most iconic creatures: giant tortoises. Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up


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Haines, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau, August 19, 2022

national geographic sea lion under a bridge

National Geographic Sea Lion anchored off the docks in Haines. We ran shuttles throughout the day for our many activities, but our ship home was never far away. —Gemina Garland-Lewis, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Chatham Strait, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau, August 21, 2022

humpback whale breaching

A humpback whale breached more than ten times in front of National Geographic Sea Lion. —Kelly Ferron, Undersea Specialist

 

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, August 23, 2022

giant tortoise

We woke up to a view of Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galápagos, located on Santa Cruz Island. After a dry landing on the town’s pier, we took buses to the entrance of the tortoise-breeding center of the Galápagos National Park. We saw several species of tortoises at this site, and we learned about several conservation projects that the Galápagos National Park is pursuing to restore the dynasty of the giant tortoises. —Jonathan Aguas, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Hebron Harbour, Labrador, Canada

Fabled Lands Of The North: Greenland to Newfoundland, August 24, 2022

polar bear

Polar bear following a greasy feast. —Karen Copeland, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor (photo by Javier Cotin)

 

Inian Islands, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau, August 24, 2022

steller sea lion

Steller sea lions hauled out on the rocky outcrops of the Inian Islands. These animals are much larger than their cousins, the California sea lion, with males weighing up to 2,000 pounds. —Gemina Garland-Lewis, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Nain, Labrador, Canada

Fabled Lands Of The North: Greenland to Newfoundland, August 25, 2022

boreal chickadee

Boreal chickadee. This was one of the Arctic species that our guests most wanted to see! —Javier Cotin, Naturalist

 

South Plaza, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape, August 25, 2022

swallow-tailed gulls

A family of swallow-tailed gulls after a long night spent trying to get food for the chick. —Charles Wittmer, Naturalist

 

Inian Islands, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau, August 25, 2022

sea otters

Sea otters were resting in the kelp beds with their young. They were busy feeding, preening, and playing about. —Bryan Holliday, Naturalist

 

Ilulissat, Greenland

Northwest Passage: Greenland to Alaska, August 27, 2022

humpback whale

Aboard local vessels, we took tours along walls of ice and spotted fluking humpback whales. These will surely be some of our best memories from this trip. —Natalia Slobodina, Cultural Specialist (photo by Sissel Kristoffersen, guest)

 

Pavlov Harbor, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau, August 28, 2022

brown bear

A brown bear with a fresh salmon in Pavlov Harbor. —Shayne Sanders, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor