Pavlof Harbor, Alaska

Jun 24, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

The day began as any normal operations day in Southeast Alaska might. The peacefully anchored National Geographic Sea Bird ran out her small landing craft, and the masses descended upon the forest. Shortly after, the kayaks were launched. It was a classic day in the area, with powerful scenery, moderate temperatures, and liquid sunshine. Then, everything changed. The call came out over the radio that not far away was a group of humpback whales engaged in cooperative bubble-net feeding! Everyone rushed for a seat on a small rubber boat, and we were whisked out across the water to get a look. That pretty much set the schedule for the rest of the day. The boats came back to the mother ship for lunch, and the whales returned shortly thereafter. We stayed in the area for the rest of the day, watching the feeding display and making images.

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About the Author

James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

About the Videographer

Mark Coger

Video Chronicler

Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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