At sea today, there will be some briefings and lectures. There is also a chance for some ‘birding’ and cetacean watching and settling into ship life. Later this afternoon we plan to Zodiac cruise some spectacular bird cliffs in Preobrazheniya Bay.
The island also boasts the world's largest population of Pacific Walrus and lies near major feeding grounds for the Gray Whales that migrate thousands of kilometres north from their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can normally be seen further inland. A visit to massive bird cliffs on nearby Herald Island is also planned. The ‘mammoth steppe' vegetation complex, a rich and diverse relic from the Pleistocene epoch nurtures over 400 plant species and never fails to astound visitors with its sublime beauty.