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  • Pavlof Harbor and Afternoon Cruising

    Today was an incredible day in Southeast Alaska. Our morning started out at Pavlof Harbor where we offered a variety of activities including kayaking and a short walk to a waterfall. At the waterfall, there were several brown bears fishing for salmon and those who were on shore had wonderful views of these amazing animals. This was by far our best look at bears for the week!

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  • Chatham Strait and Hanus Bay

    Today, what was already a great voyage on board National Geographic Sea Bird became a truly outstanding experience. We ended up experiencing so many once-in-a-lifetime moments that it was difficult to believe it all happened in less than 12 hours.

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  • Chatham Strait and Sitkoh Bay

    After a fun and informative evening visit from Alaska Whale Foundation’s Dr. Andy Szabo (the whale expert that arrives with a whale in his wake!), it was only fitting that today’s highlights onboard National Geographic Quest were with a variety of the iconic animals the organization supports. At 6AM, we woke to perfect light, calm seas, and a curious group of resident orcas in Chatham Strait. Just in time for breakfast, the orca moved on and National Geographic Quest ventured into Sitkoh Bay. This narrow inlet on the southern end of Chichagof Island offers fantastic opportunities for kayaking and hiking to explore a range of temperate rainforest habitats. Before we made our way back to Chatham Strait, we celebrated a fantastic morning with a polar plunge! The celebration continued as it only took a few minutes sailing outside of the inlet before a group of bubble-netting humpback whales was spotted along the shoreline just beyond an area called Morris Reef, which is known to be frequented by these whales. As if we weren’t already excited enough to be observing and anticipating a closer look at this rare behavior, a pair of Dall’s porpoises splashed into view and rode with us for a few exhilarating moments along the way. We then spent nearly an hour in awe of the repeated cooperative feeding lunges of the humpback whales before they dispersed. As the sun sets on another incredible day exploring Southeast Alaska’s coastal wilderness, we continue north toward Icy Strait and can hardly wait to see what tomorrow has in store!

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  • Moorea and Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia

    We arrived off the dramatic, lush, volcanic island of Moorea early this morning before breakfast.  This is the second largest of the Îles du Vent (Windward Islands) in the Society Islands of French Polynesia, and is very different compared to the coralline Tuamotu islands we have been exploring on this voyage.  Some people claim Moorea is the most beautiful island in the world, and it would be difficult to argue against that.  The island is the remains of an ancient, half-eroded volcano, producing a rugged and mountainous land, with many streams, fertile soils and beautiful landscapes.  Its highest peak is Mount Tohivea, which rises to 3,960 feet or 1,207 meters (Figure A).  As we prepared to enter the inner waters surrounding the island, we sighted several humpback whales and decided to delay the entry a little while as we watched them.  We soon entered the lagoon, accompanied by spinner dolphins, and anchored in Opunohu (Papetoai) Bay on the north coast at the center of what was once the volcano’s crater.  This where we spent the rest of the day anchored as we enjoyed this amazing island.

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  • Tobermory, Duart, Iona, Oban

    Sharp showers alternated with bright sunshine today, creating multiple rainbows. A full arc of color spread over Tobermory as we sailed off toward Craignure. At Craignure, we disembarked and went by coach to Duart Castle, where a horizontal rainbow skimmed over the sea. Other rainbows appeared throughout the day—a photographer’s delight.

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  • South Plaza and Santa Fe Islands

    We woke up anchored near South Plaza Island and after breakfast, explored the pristine habitat where about 300 land iguanas make their home along with Galapagos sea lions and marine birds. This is the only place in Galapagos where hybrids of marine and land iguanas have been documented. On the cliff side, we spotted tropicbirds, shearwaters, swallow-tailed gulls and boobies along with bachelor sea lions. Here we saw land iguanas guard the opuntia cactus trees as precious territory, and the only food source.

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  • At Sea and Baffin Bay

    A teacher’s plan for a lesson often changes. So too does the life of a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow on board a Lindblad-National Geographic Arctic expedition—particularly when the environmental sensors we brought along behave poorly, and delirium, brought on by sleep deprivation, kicks in.

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  • Bartholomew Island and Chinese Hat Islet

    Last night we anchored in front of Bartholomew Island and this morning we went ashore for a pre-breakfast outing.  We climbed to the top of the island, and at the top we observed the most beautiful and well-known view of the Galapagos.

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  • Tobermory, Scotland

    During breakfast, we sailed to Eigg—one of the Small Isles—but an unfortunate wind and tide prevented us from making our planned landing there. We sailed on past Rum and Muck toward the sheltered anchorage on Tobermory, the principal settlement on the Isle of Mull—an island of the Hebrides second in size to Skye.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Today we visited Santa Cruz Island. Our destination was the Charles Darwin Research Station and the facilities at the Galapagos National Park. Here we were able to see giant tortoises and learn about their breeding program. We also visited the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild!

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