Expedition: Alaska Fur Seals.
The Pribilof Islands are a five-island volcanic archipelago in the Bering Sea, about 800 miles south-southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. Called the "Galapagos of the North," these islands support astonishingly high concentrations of marine mammals, seabirds, fish, and invertebrates, and are the world's principal breeding areas for red-legged kittiwakes and northern fur seals. Over the past 30 years, two changes have taken place: the US pollock fishing industry has grown, and populations of harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and sea otters have collapsed. Northern fur seals are declining, now, too. Dr. Stephen Insley, Karin Holser (St. George Island Institute), and Bruce Robson (Community and Ecology Resources) are working closely with the Aleut community to gather information on the ecology and conservation of the northern fur seal.
June - September 2008 (10 days): 2545 euros.