Cruising and Lake Eva

Jun 09, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

The sighting of humpback whales served as the bookend to our day. This morning we awoke to glassy, calm waters of Chatham Strait, where a brown bear sauntered along the shoreline behind a surfacing humpback whale. For the afternoon we anchored in Hanus Bay, offering opportunities to explore the temperate rainforest along the trail to Lake Eva as well as to kayak. Dessert was an extra-special delight this evening – as dinner concluded, we hurried outside to witness the cooperative feeding behavior of a group of bubble netting humpback whales!

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Chelsea Leven


Time among frogs and hardwood forests established Chelsea’s love for the outdoors as a child in the snowbelt of northeast Ohio. Impelled by curiosity about the natural world, she signed up for field trips in college, earning a geology degree from Amherst College, and studying marine ecology in New Zealand. Snapshots from ensuing science positions include scuba diving research, paleoclimate studies in Chile’s Atacama Desert, and warming bags of live bats against her belly.

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