Signing off from Juneau, Alaska

...About to head home after three incredible months transiting the inside passages of southeastern Alaska and BC. Many Thanks to our gracious host, Tony Fleming (Fleming Yachts); Captain Chris, and Helly Hansen for their generous support in making our adventure possible. Venture proved to be the perfect vessel for exploring the innumerable coves, providing an excellent platform for photography and filming. As you can see from the Garmin tracker, our last few weeks have been busy, and the photos, more than words, best reflect our Ocean Magic experiences. We look forward to getting home and sorting through more than 6,000 images, as well as producing the film shot by our young crew:
Gage Hingeley and Julian Clark. I hope you will continue to follow our journey as we create the photographic and film narrative of Baja to Bering....
Out.
— Doc and Ceci White

Ocean Magic Moments

Doc's July Update, from Pack Creek, Alaska:

Heading south in Chatham Strait, we slip quietly by a sea otter nursery. I’ve never seen so many otters with their pups, mid-channel, in deep water ...seems unusual. We have 500’ under our keel...I get out my zoom lens for a close up of mom and pup. I couldn’t resist the panorama of the lone Black Bear feasting on sedge grass...has the place all to himself. We drifted along mesmerized by the constant Humpie pec slap... this went on for 10 to 15 minutes. I can’t help but think our friend was attracted to the sleek hull of Venture. Farther on, we arrive just in time to view a spectacular Orca breech. Then we did our best to sneak by a gaggle of spotted seals hauled out on the ice. I couldn’t help but sympathize with the Bald Eagle teetering rather precariously on the finely sculpted ice floating by. Just now we are chugging toward Juneau. Looking forward to our excursion circumnavigating Admiralty Island with our film crew aboard. Cheers!

Praying for Salmon

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Doc White captures a brown bear deep in prayer: 

Lordie, when are those salmon gonna start runnin’ . 

  

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Much excitement surrounds the sporadic spotting of Humpbacks as Venture makes way from Hoonah to Sitka, Alaska.

Doc reports seeing many large cruise ships enroute to Sitka, perhaps the busy passages send the whales to less trafficked areas…  Stay tuned, the salmon will be runnin’ soon….

The Great Bear Rainforest

In the heart of the Great Bear Sea, Glendale Cove, British Columbia:

…Doc spots a couple of grizzly bears on the beach so we launch the big tender Louisa. Doc and I head in their direction, while Chris (the skipper) remains on Venture to keep an eye on the anchor in the strong wind. One of the bears, a young male, continues grazing on sedge grass and pays little attention to us, allowing us to approach quite close as we take numerous photos and video.

                      Tony Fleming's Logbook 5.17.18 | Doc White Photo

Casting Off!!

We're off again, this time on our film/book project:
Baja to Bering, The 12,000 NM Whale Migration Baja California to the Bering Sea, Alaska.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Tony Fleming of Fleming Yachts and Helly Hansen 

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"Unforgettable Underwater Photography"

Congrats to Doc White, whose photo “Big Blue Mouthful” is featured in a new book: "Unforgettable Underwater Photography" (London’s Natural History Museum, 2018).

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This picture was the first ever to show, full frame, a blue whale with its throat pouch expanded, the pleats forced open by the engulfment of a gargantuan amount of water and shrimp-like krill. Having lunged through the krill swarm, the whale is expelling the water, forcing it through the massive sheets of hair-like baleen material, which hang from its mouth. To find large enough aggregations of krill, a blue whale is forced to travel great distances. But when a large swarm is located, the lunge-feeding technique is highly energy-efficient.

Photograph: Doc White/Unforgettable Underwater Photography/NHM
— London’s Natural History Museum