Endicott Arm and Cruising

Jun 07, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion


We are still glowing from our incredible experience with a large pod of resident killer whales last night at sunset when we found ourselves surrounded by more than 40 whales breaching, tail slapping, and porpoising in the waters of the midnight sun.

This morning, our luck continued when we found two bull killer whales leaving Endicott Arm along the shoreline. Weaving gracefully through the ice, we were able to take our watercraft up the fjord to see Dawes glacier firsthand. Massive hunks of ice swirled and bobbed along the way, with the popping sounds of tiny air bubbles escaping the ice. We wondered at the size of the icy expanse in front of us. We talked about glaciology and felt very peaceful in the presence of unspeakable beauty. Time spent in true, unfiltered wilderness is a truly precious experience.

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Emily Newton

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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