2022 Alaska Flotilla – Leg 6A, Day 9 – Alexander Inlet to Shearwater | NW Explorations

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2022 Alaska Flotilla – Leg 6A, Day 9 – Alexander Inlet to Shearwater

Today we made our way to the resort town of Shearwater. It is quaint with a small marina, fishing resort, and grocery store. Shearwater was recently purchased by the Heiltsuk First Nations group. This was made possible from funds that the Heiltsuk Nation got through reconciliation agreements from the government.

Giving back the land is an important concept to start returning power to First Nations groups that were negatively impacted by colonialism. These groups have lived, stewarded, and learned from these lands for over 15,000 years. There is a long-standing theory that people migrated to North America via a land bridge, but more research has pointed to a theory that humans actually followed the coastline to get to North America by boat. This journey could have happened up to 40,000 years ago!

On the cruise to Shearwater, Todd and Judy on MOJO spotted a Mola Mola, or sunfish! Although Mola Mola aren’t uncommon in this area it is rare to see them. These odd-looking fish can get up to 14ft from fin tip to fin tip and can weigh up to 5,000 pounds! They are pretty awkward swimmers who like to eat jelly fish but will also eat small fish and algae. This was a special encounter for MOJO!

Everyone was in a good mood with the ability to go for a walk in the sun and get a few groceries. We had a wonderful gathering on the dock in the evening with fresh crab caught by La Vida and lots of fun conversation.

P.S. Is Alaska on your bucket list? We can take you there! Email us to reserve your spot on our 2023 Mother Goose AK Flotilla. charters@nwexplorations.com 

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