Whalers Bay, Deception Island

Dec 29, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


This afternoon, we had our first landing of the expedition. The site was Whalers Bay at Deception Island, situated in the caldera of an active volcano. It was permanently abandoned after reoccurring eruptions proved too dangerous for the British research team that had taken possession of the old whaling station in the 1900s. Today, it serves as a historic landmark in the human history of Antarctica. There is little wildlife here. A constant cloud of steam hovers at the shoreline, where hot water from the volcano meets the cold waters of Antarctica. An almost ghostly atmosphere lingers over this place where only graves and the skeletons of buildings and whales remain. 

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Steve Morello

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Steve Morello has had a long and colorful career in the natural history world. Born in New Jersey he was lucky to be able to summer on the shores of Cape Cod. Whether it was exploring the tidal pools, snorkeling along the beach, or hiking in the dunes, it all came together to instill in him a deep connection to the natural world. It was no surprise that he would return to the Cape as a whale researcher in his adult years. It was on the Cape that Steve first became involved in guiding, and for 15 years acted as naturalist on whale watching boats in the Gulf of Maine. Steve worked with groups creating environmental education material for school programs and soon found another one of his passions, photography.

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