Cruising the Bering Strait and Little Diomede Island

Jul 10, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


This morning we woke to quite a surprise. No, it wasn’t the warm weather and clear skies. It was that we were taking a short detour to not only cross the Arctic Circle but to do it at the International Date Line. How cool is that? Then, after spotting a few whales, we got back on course and visited Little Diomede Island. This tiny island is swarming with seabirds, home to a small but lovely community, and incredibly close to Russia!

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Mike Greenfelder

Undersea Specialist

Mike learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist.  During college at Wittenberg University he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab — that time only confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime.  After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California where he taught marine biology to school kids.  Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds.

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