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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James Hyde

Undersea Specialist

James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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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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