National Geographic’s, twin expedition ships, Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, offered the popular certified organic, kosher Whale Tails Tortilla Chips as one of their menu items. Adding a whale tail shaped chip was a ‘naturalâ€ to be on board with Linblad and the National Geographic Society. The shipboard chefs use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, including locally grown produce, sustainable catch fish, and other local and indigenous products.
Jim Straatman Purchasing Manager Linblad Expeditions contacted Rick Grant of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips and saidÂ â€The National Geographic Sea Bird and the National Geographic Sea Lion are coming out of Mexico and well be stopping in Seattle to pick up passengers and we would like Whale Tails Tortilla Chips to be onboard.â€
Whale Tails was started by two lifelong friends who shared a love of the ocean and came up with the idea of providing funding for ocean conservation through the sale of an organic tortilla chip. Needless to say, WE were thrilled to get the invitation. Rick Grant said, â€œ I have the deepest respect for the work of the National Geographic Society and I know the reputation of the Linblad Company. To be associated with these two fine organizations who provide so much in the way of raising awareness for our oceans is definitly an honor.â€ As a start up in the â€œhealthy snackâ€ business, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips has provided funding for water quality surveys in Magdalena Bay (birthplace of the Pacific Gray Whales) and last year his company also provided thousands of dollars in product to coastal organizations to assist in their fundraising efforts. Linblad Expeditions actively support the Chefs Collaborative, Blue Ocean Institute and Marine Stewardship Council, organizations dedicated to responsible choices regarding flavorful, healthy food and sustainability for our planet.