Kate Spencer is now leading custom Monterey Bay whale-watching and coastal wildlife tours on the Zodiac-style Fast Raft Ranger, the first small, open tour boat in the area. Book a Fast Raft trip any time of year at www.fastraft.com.
From her home base on the shore of Monterey Bay, California, Kate has led thousands of whale watching trips year-round since 2002. Almost every year she ventures abroad into the ocean wilderness to paint and share her knowledge of whales and marine life on some of the best tours in the world.
Kate has worked on a whale research vessel in Alaska, piloted a dive boat for Smithsonian researchers in Belize, and traveled to the icy continent of Antarctica as a naturalist and zodiac driver on small expedition touring ships. In all she spent more than a year of her life living and lecturing on large cruise ships as the onboard naturalist in Alaska and southern South America. She has a unique perspective on the environmental and social impacts of cruising, as well as a wealth of experiences in remote locations with curious travelers from all over the world.
Kate is available to accompany tours and expeditions and to work in remote locations as a naturalist, guide, and research staff anywhere in the world. Please email her with inquiries.
Kate’s Ocean Expeditions:
Alaska 2001, R/V Evolution: Humpback Whale Research with the Alaska Whale Foundation, Northern Inside Passage
Alaska 2001, Sea Princess: Inside Passage, Glacier Bay, Prince William Sound
Alaska 2002, Dawn Princess: Inside Passage, Glacier Bay, Prince William Sound
Alaska 2004, Celebrity Millenium: Inside Passage & Hubbard Glacier
Alaska 2005, Celebrity Mercury: Inside Passage & Hubbard Glacier
South America 2006, Celebrity Infinity: Rio Carnaval, Cape Horn, Falkland Islands
South America 2006-2007, Celebrity Infinity: Panama Canal, Cape Horn, Falklands, Carnaval in Rio de Janiero
Baja California 2009, Baja Discovery Camp: Laguna San Ignacio in Gray Whale Season
Antarctica 2011-2012, Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris, on Ortelius: Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands
Antarctica 2012-2013, Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris, on Akademik Ioffe: Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands
Monterey Bay 2002-2013, Sea Wolf II and Point Sur Clipper: Monterey Bay Whale Watch’s Senior Naturalist
Monterey Bay 2013–onward, Fast Raft Ranger: Naturalist and Skipper
Have you been on a trip with Kate the Naturalist? She’d love to hear from you!