Isla San Francisco

Apr 15, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

This morning a humpback whale surfaced close to the ship, so we changed our plans and went whale watching from the expedition landing craft. Several dozen very active bottlenose dolphins swam among the small boats. We spent the afternoon snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in the calm, turquoise waters of Half Moon Bay. Just before dinner, we watched a large group of common dolphins feeding and leaping – exhilarating!

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Berit Solstad


Berit grew up on the rocky shores of Marblehead, Massachusetts. In the tidal cove behind her family’s home she found horseshoe crabs, eels, and feeding frenzies of fishes and birds. Low tides exposed clam flats, crabs, mussels, and snails. She explored this marine environment through changing tides and seasons, nurturing a love of natural history and marine biology.

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Sarah Culler

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Sarah was raised on a multi-generational family dairy farm, established circa 1815 in Lucas, Ohio. Consequently, her first paying job was milking cows! Rewarding as it was to get paid for the first time, she found her passion behind the lens of a camera. Growing up on the farm gave her not only a strong work ethic but also the love of nature and being outdoors. 

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