Today our expedition team embarked on a thrilling journey into Tracy Arm, a breathtaking fjord in Alaska. Our primary objective was to reach South Sawyer Glacier, a majestic ice formation renowned for its beauty and grandeur. Traveling in Zodiacs, we were treated to a remarkable experience; we encountered stunning icebergs, observed harbor seals in their natural habitat, and marveled at the awe-inspiring geology of the region.
We approached the glacier cautiously, maintaining a respectful distance to ensure our safety while still being close enough to appreciate its magnificence. The crackling sound of ice calving echoed through the fjord, as massive chunks broke away and crashed into the frigid waters below. This dynamic display served as a reminder of the constant change and movement that shapes our planet.
Amidst the icebergs, we were fortunate to witness a gathering of harbor seals as they basked lazily on the floating platforms of ice. Their sleek bodies and curious eyes watched us as we passed by, providing a glimpse into their daily lives in this remote and pristine environment.
Later that evening, we were truly blessed to see two “mammal-eater” transient killer whales: adult male T63 and an unknown female or sub-adult male. Everyone aboard National Geographic Quest enjoyed this rare opportunity to observe these phenomenal animals; it allowed us to appreciate the delicate balance of nature and the interconnectedness of all living beings.