Cruise into the pristine waters off Hoonah and observe the abundant wildlife and then record your findings, which will be passed along to local scientists for their research.
After departing from the pier, you will soon reach the heart of Port Frederick, a waterway that famed British Captain George Vancouver named in the 18th century for Adolphus Frederick, the tenth child of King George III. The vessel holds only six passengers, allowing for an intimate experience and easy interaction with the on-board naturalist.
During the expedition, you will pull a crab pot from the depths of the waterway and jot down the contents. You may find Dungeness crabs, which have much smaller and shorter legs than those of species like King crabs, which also inhabit the waters of Port Frederick. Both are extraordinarily tasty and can usually be found on menus at local restaurants.
Feel free to ask the naturalist questions about the marine life and other animals that you see. Spotting a humpback is always a highlight, especially as it descends by steeply arching its back and waving its fluke in the air. The humpback is named for that characteristic arch.
Chances are, you will also observe playful sea otters and puffins. The birds are easy to identify by their bright orange beaks and short, stout wings. Despite their appearance, puffins are surprisingly fast flyers and can reach speeds of up to 55 mph.
Your captain will prepare smoked salmon dip for you to enjoy along with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water.