In the early hours, National Geographic Venture made its way through Chatham Strait, turned into Peril Strait, and settled in Ushk Bay for the day’s activities. Massive smacks (groups) of jellyfish were observed in the clear sea water as everyone approached the shore in Zodiacs. Various levels and lengths of hikes took off over the tidal flats and many also spent time in the forest. Others chose to partake in kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. After lunch onboard, the Global Explorers learned how to drive Zodiacs and then everyone who wanted to take the Alaska Plunge jumped into Ushk Bay. The ship sailed through Sergius Narrows on the way to our final destination, Sitka.
National Geographic Quest
Ushk Bay and Peril Strait
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.