Today’s weather was just about as nice as we could have asked for here in Southeast Alaska. The morning was calm and moody, but as the day went on, the clouds burned off and left us with some blue skies and sunshine. Guests had the chance to kayak and hike inside the scenic bay of Hallack Harbor on Kuiu Island. We then lifted the anchor and headed up Chatham Strait, finding a few humpback whales diving and swimming in the late evening.
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.