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July 30, 2001 Souvenir Album:

Kayak Island

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Cape St. Elias

This dramatic rocky spire marks Cape St. Elias, at the southern end of Kayak Island. The island was the first and only Alaska landing site for Vitus Bering in his European discovery of Alaska in 1741. Captain James Cook also landed on the island, in May 1778. Today the island is an important wildlife refuge. (Photo by Jonas K. Parker).

Humpback lunge feeding

Sea birds, attracted by fish below the surface, seem to be circling a humpback whale as it engages in lunge feeding off Cape St. Elias. (Photo by Jonas K. Parker).

Intertidal zone

Naturalist Conrad Field (left, in red jacket), ashore on Kayak Island, gives an impromptu lecture on the intricacies of life in the intertidal zone to his fellow expedition members. (Photo by Jonas K. Parker).

Patricia Savage

Nature artist Patricia Savage (near) led a group of people in a field sketching workshop on Kayak Island. Here she is working with Judy Driscol on a sketch while the rest of the group works on their own sketches. (Photo by Megan Litwin).

Goosenet barnacles

Kesler Woodward, a nature artist, takes notes as Conrad Field talks about gooseneck barnacles. The barnacles are attached to a glass jar that floated ashore on Kayak Island. (Photo by Jonas K. Parker).


After accidentally stranding some members of their party, Edward Harriman instituted a checkout board on the George W. Elder in 1899. A century later, this tag board system aboard the Clipper Odyssey serves the same purpose: everyone aboard has a tag, green on one side, red on the other. A red tag means that an expedition member has not returned to the ship -- or forgot to turn their tag. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Paul Alaback

Paul Alaback spent his time on Kayak Island collecting specimens of local vegetation. Even though it is past midnight, he was eager to review his collection. In addition to investigating the health and diversity of the local ecology, he took a keen interest in "invasive" species, non-native plants introduced into the local ecology by wave or wind or careless visitors. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).


Hunchbacks feeding

Alerted by hundreds of seabirds swarming over the ocean off Cape St. Elias (in the background), the expedition came across a humpback whale feeding on small fish. (QuickTime format, 320 x 240 pixels, 19 seconds, 3.1 megabytes. RealVideo alternative.) (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)




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