Day 7 (May 23, 1999) - Prince William Sound
Morning found us in or very near Prince William Sound under gloriously clear blue skies, with only occasional scattered clouds gathered about the peaks of coastal mountains. The seas were calm, the weather was warm, and visibility was as near perfect as possible. We were probably somewhere near Cape Hinchinbrook, the entrance to Prince William Sound. It's hard to say exactly though, as the ship's PA system had developed problems the previous day, and you had to be in the right location at the right time to hear anything of importance.
Prince William Sound is, ecologically, a highly sensitive area, and is most famous these days as the site of the Exxon Valdez oil spill back in 1989. While the area still looks pristine, and wildlife has shown signs of recovery, many claim that the effects of the spill still linger.
...of Prince William Sound.
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