This morning we cruised among the Inian Islands in Zodiacs. We found lively Steller sea lions, an abundance of bald eagles, tufted puffins, and a snoozing sea otter. At Fox Creek, we stretched our legs and walked through a seaside meadow and a mossy forest environment. As National Geographic Venture cruised east past Point Adolphus in the late afternoon, we saw a pod of killer whales and a couple of humpback whales.
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.