Sitkoh Bay & Chatham Strait

May 31, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

The day began with an early morning call announcing humpback whales just off the bow. Unexpectedly during our viewing of these magnificent marine mammals, we were visited by Dall’s porpoise—the fastest marine mammal on our planet. They zipped close to our bow before dashing off into the distance. Soon after breakfast, our guests cut loose to shore to hike and kayak in Sitkoh Bay where eagles flew overhead, and brown bears dined on the early season sedge grass in the open meadow, awaiting the salmon and berries summer will soon provide. In the afternoon we found another bear upon the beach before being visited by Dr. Andy Szabo, the Director of the Alaska Whale Foundation. Giving a lively and informative talk on the charismatic mega fauna of Southeast Alaska, Dr. Szabo entertained questions and discussion about why these animals truly call Alaska home.

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Paul North

Undersea Specialist

For over a decade Paul North has been exploring the marine ecosystems of our planet. Whereas most think of diving as a warm water activity, he has chosen the road less traveled–specializing in polar diving. This has provided many rare opportunities to dive and explore from the Arctic to Antarctica and many wondrous places in between.

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