The Inian Islands are simply spectacular with Steller sea lions, sea otters and a diversity of birds. It is difficult to know where to look when so much is here to see. After the islands, hiking at Fox Creek gave us a chance to view perennial bear tracks on the trail. While kayaking, we found an octopus arm that we used both to study and clown around. Amy, our underwater specialist, used the ROV to capture images of Plumbose anemones and other marine animals to be shared during cocktail hour for everyone’s enjoyment.
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.