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  • 9 Sep 2022

Photos of the Week: September 9, 2022

This week, field staff in Alaska and Canada caught several incredible ship photos, as well as truly memorable close-ups of a breaching whale and a sea otter mother with her pup.  Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

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Inian Islands, Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, August 23, 2022

sea otter mother and pup

A mother sea otter snuggling with her pup as they rest in the kelp beds. Sea otters have made a real comeback in Southeast Alaska since they were reintroduced to the area! —Rich Kirchner, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Petersburg, Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, August 29, 2022

sundew plant

Sundews are carnivorous plants that obtain nutrients by using their sticky leaves to catch and digest small insects. —Kerri McAllister, Naturalist


Spillars Cove, Newfoundland

Fabled Lands Of The North: Greenland to Newfoundland, August 29, 2022

zodiac with national geographic explorer ship in background

The last Zodiac, full of happy guests, heads for National Geographic Explorer. —David Cairns, Naturalist


Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, August 31, 2022

deck of National Geographic Venture

We were treated to a sunny and calm day in Glacier Bay National Park. —Andrew Peacock, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Petersburg, Alaska

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii, September 1, 2022

fishing boat sailing into harbor

Fishing boats come and go in the waterways surrounding the town of Petersburg, Alaska. Petersburg is known as “the town that fish built” because of its deep ties to maritime culture and the fishing industry. —Lisa Hornak, Naturalist/Photographer


Ushk Bay, Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, September 2, 2022

breaching humpback whale

Our last morning in the wilderness brought us to the protected inlet of Ushk Bay. A humpback whale repeatedly breached, slamming its pectoral flipper on the surface of the water before its tail smashed the sea’s surface. Over and over, this extremely active whale leaped and twirled as we delighted in its performance. —Marylou Blakeslee, Naturalist (photo by Rich Kirchner)


Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii, September 2, 2022

national geographic sea lion with rainbow in background

National Geographic Sea Lion is bathed in rainbows in Misty Fjords National Monument in Southeast Alaska. —Lisa Hornak, Naturalist/Photographer


Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Voyage to Great Bear Rainforest: Native Culture & Wildlife in the Land of the Spirit Bear, September 6, 2022

display of labor movement related paraphernaila

This room showcased a fitting exhibit for our visit, as Canada’s Labour Day was celebrated just the day before. Here we see signs and photos of the UFAWU, a union formed to protect and expand the rights of the workers at BC’s canneries, including the North Pacific Cannery. It may be hard to imagine the working conditions here in the past, particularly for women and marginalized communities. Unions like this one helped fight for concepts we now see as commonplace, including a 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, and workplace equality. It is easy to forget the battles that these cannery workers had to fight, which often cost them their jobs and livelihoods. However, it is so important that we remember those who came before and laid the groundwork for the rights we enjoy today. —Kayvon Malek, Undersea Specialist