Being on expedition means never knowing what the day will bring—and sometimes, nature delivers in an unexpectedly epic way. This past year, our guests had the chance to experience some especially memorable wildlife moments, including a rare narwhal sighting in the Northwest Passage.
Early Morning Orca Encounter
On a voyage aboard the brand-new National Geographic Islander II, guests came face-to-face with a curious pod of orcas who put on quite a show—including a spectacular breach by one large male.
A Rare Narwhal Sighting
After spotting a pod of narwhal in Croker Bay, Canada, our team aboard National Geographic Endurance quickly deployed Zodiacs and gave guests a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the most elusive animals in the Arctic.
Polar Bears in the Northwest Passage
One early morning in the Canadian Arctic, guests aboard National Geographic Endurance were treated to several thrilling polar bear sightings that included a mother and cub followed by a young bear who playfully rolled on the ice in front of the ship.
Waking up to Humpback Whales
The cooperative feeding technique known as bubble-netting was first documented in Southeast Alaska where today it is still one of few places in the world to see it in action. Experience the spectacular sights and incredible sounds of this humpback breakfast buffet captured on a voyage aboard National Geographic Sea Bird.
A Superpod of Fin Whales
In this exhilarating moment from an early 2022 Antarctic voyage, a ‘superpod’ with hundreds of fin whales surrounds the National Geographic Explorer, their misty exhalations decorating the air in every direction.
Alaska’s Brown Bears in Action
Tucked away on the eastern edge of remote Chichagof Island, Pavlov Harbor provides a sheltered oasis for the region's brown bears. It was here where guests aboard National Geographic Sea Bird had an incredible opportunity to witness two young bears practicing their fishing skills.