Ketchikan High School's two National Ocean Sciences Bowl teams — the Saber-Toothed Salmon and the Saber-Toothed Smolts — went undefeated against two other Southeast schools during a virtual meet hosted as part of the annual Sitka Whalefest this past week.

Sitka Whalefest — which this year had the theme, "Predator & Prey — a Delicate Dance" was held from Thursday through Sunday, with a variety of events held in-person in Sitka and online. The festival featured lectures, a fun run, wildlife sight-seeing cruises and a film fest.

And Kayhi students participated with NOSB teams from Sitka High School and Bartlett High School to compete in "exhibition quiz bowl" matches about ocean sciences and marine biology, Kayhi's team coach Keenan Sanderson wrote to the Daily News on Tuesday.

"At Sitka Whalefest, our students were able to learn current marine mammal research all over the world from experts," Kayhi team coach Keenan Sanderson wrote. "Topics included research on humpback whales, bowhead whales, dolphins, sharks, herring, and krill."

Students who completed the quiz bowl competition are eligible for college credit from the University of Alaska Southeast system, according to Sanderson's information.

NOSB teams are limited to five people per team, which is why Kayhi was represented by two teams. Sanderson clarified to the Daily News that the teams practice and learn together, but perform as separate teams during competitions, like the regional Tsunami Bowl competition set for this spring.

Kayhi students on the Saber-Toothed Salmon team include senior and captain Ellie Pickrell, senior and co-captain Kaydence Dyson, senior Kai Biagi, senior Morgan Davis and junior Tiernan Johannsen.

Kayhi students making up the Saber-Toothed Smolts team include junior and captain Romel Del Mundo, junior and co-captain Izaak Landis, junior Mayumi Hauser, freshman Conor Pearson and freshman Lucas Ramsey.

Both the Smolts and the Salmon won each quiz bowl match they entered.

During the first day of competition, the Saber-Toothed Salmon earned 48 points, winning against the Golden Bears' B team, which scored 26 points.

The Saber-Toothed Smolts earned 86.5 points against the Golden Bears team A, which earned 48.5.

On the second day of competition, the Saber-Toothed Salmon won again, also against the Golden Bears' team A, with 86 and 24 points, respectively.

The Saber-Toothed Smolts won with 52 points against the Sitka Wolves. The Wolves earned 47 points in the match.

In the last match-up, the Saber-Toothed Salmon beat the Golden Bears team B, 52.5 to 26.5.

"For the majority of our kids, this was the first time they competed against other teams outside of Ketchikan," Sanderson wrote. "We weren't really sure what to expect but our students rocked it this weekend. The virtual format can be difficult times, but we did get through the weekend without major problems."