The day started with yet another cloudless sky. The sun warmed up the air quickly and by the start of our ops, it was clear that we weren’t going to need many layers today in Southeast Alaska. Our first operation was a selection of hikes at Fox Creek. Then we relocated the ship for easily one of our favorite operations: a Zodiac cruise to circumnavigate one of the Inian Islands!
National Geographic Quest
National Geographic Quest arose amidst light clouds within the protected waters of Ushk Bay. This area is known for a salmon stream and yields plenty of opportunity for kayaking and exploring the vast meadows of its inner waterways. On this day’s occasion, guests were able to hike and paddle their way along the coast of Ushk Bay and witness firsthand the life cycle of Pacific salmon making their way upstream. As we transited through Peril Strait, we were lucky to see humpback whales. These immense mammals were “lunge feeding” very near our ship. Being able to witness this event was unique for guests and staff. Lunge feeding is process through which individual whales push their gaping mouths through the surface and collect any fish or planktonic invertebrates in the process. Witnessing this behavior was truly a remarkable experience for all. We will cherish this moment for a lifetime.