Tracy Arm and Williams Cove

Jul 14, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

We visited Tracy Arm Fjord today to see the carved valleys left behind by the retreating Dawes Glacier. Early morning vigilance was rewarded when we spotted a black bear, foraging along the high tide line, and a humpback whale. After a hearty Alaskan breakfast, we took off in expedition landing crafts to view the South Dawes glacier, where we observed awe-inspiring calving and spectacular shooters. For the harbor seals basking on the ice floes, it was just another day in the fjord. The afternoon at Williams Cove was spent hiking among Sitka spruce and western hemlock, unlocking the mysteries of the old-growth forest.

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Daniel Baldwin


An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in opening doors for others to explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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Mark Coger

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Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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