One of our clues features the lion’s mane jellyfish, the largest known species of jellyfish, with tentacles capable of growing over one hundred feet long!
On Tuesday’s Jeopardy!, the Clue Crew travels with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic to Southeast Alaska to bring you exciting wildlife clues… this time featuring some of the unique wildlife that lives below the surface. In order to deliver these clues, I donned a dry suit and went scuba diving in the frigid waters of Alaska. It was an experience I will never forget!
Although I’ve been a certified diver for many years, I had never gone diving in a cold water location before and needed special training in wearing a dry suit. Before our expedition, I completed the PADI Dry Suit Diver course to learn how to manage the suit. As my certification took place in Southern California in mid-August, it was difficult to simulate the cold conditions of Alaska. I couldn’t wait to get into the ocean!
Once we arrived in Alaska and the temperature dropped, I was very grateful for the dry suit! Here, Lindblad underwater specialist, Justin Hofman and I are suited up and ready for our first dive. A big thanks to Justin who shot all of the underwater footage for this special category.
Throughout the Alaskan expeditions, Justin is on the lookout for good locations to do what Lindblad calls a “Live Dive.” Lindblad does not offer diving to guests on this expedition, so instead of jumping into the icy cold water to see what lives below, guests enjoy the comforts of the lounge while Justin takes takes them diving. He uses a special mask that allows him to talk with guests and answer their questions while underwater. This interactive experience provides yet another unique opportunity to learn about the places they’re visiting.
One of the most common types of wildlife you find along the sea floor in Alaska is the pacific sea star. I couldn’t believe the variety of sizes and colors we saw while diving
As you’ve seen in our video clues with Lindblad over the years, these expeditions allow for some incredible opportunities to get up close to nature! When we weren’t shooting underwater, there were impressive sights to see on land too.
The whale sightings on this trip were also unbelievable, allowing for countless opportunities to observe and admire these majestic animals.
One of the most interesting behaviors of humpback whales is bubble net feeding. To execute, the whales work together, trapping hundreds of fish in a “net” of bubbles, and then surface in unison with their mouths open to collect the fish.
There is nothing quite like being so close to a whale that you can hear the explosive exhale from its blowhole! Hope you enjoy traveling to Alaska with us on the next Jeopardy!